Metric are a Canadian rock band founded in 1998 in Toronto.The band consists of Emily Haines (lead vocals, synthesizers, guitar, tambourine, harmonica, piano), James Shaw (guitar, synthesizers, theremin, backing vocals), Joshua Winstead (bass, synthesizers, backing vocals) and Joules Scott-Key (drums, percussion)
The new album explores the band's sonic influences, paying homage to inspirational artists like Depeche Mode, Joy Division and Underworld. In a statement, frontwoman Emily Haines explained that the aim was to capture "the romance of another time without falling into nostalgia."
The new songs bring together acoustic and synthetic sounds that provide the framework to explore "the quandaries of life in an age where bad news is unavoidable and great art is a life-saver."
The writing process found guitarist/producer James Shaw experimenting with a CS80 synth at his Toronto studio, while Haines discovered an array of acoustic instruments during time spent in Nicaragua and Spain. The differing approaches resulted in enough material for two albums — the second of which is expected in 2016.