Happy Thursday y’all! Here’s a new track for you from Metric’s forthcoming album Pagans In Vegas, set for release on September 18 via the band’s own label MMI and available for pre-order on iTunes.
After spending a full summer touring the U.S. as the special guests of Imagine Dragons, Metric will play several festivals throughout September including Life Is Beautiful, Made in America and Music Midtown before heading out for a full European tour in October.
Pagans in Vegas will be the first of two albums that were born out of Metric’s time spent writing in 2014—guitarist/producer Jimmy Shaw at his studio in Toronto, delving into his wall of modular synthesizers, and front woman Emily Haines with acoustic instruments in Nicaragua and Spain. This period of writing yielded an unprecedented amount of material across two major musical veins and when the band realized they had composed enough music for two very different albums, they decided to let each collection of songs stand on their own. As Pagans reveals itself to be much more electronic and dancey than anything in Metric’s past, the as-yet-unnamed follow up LP promises to be quite the opposite.
The new album is packed with reverent references to artists who’ve inspired them, from Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure and Underworld, all the way back to Kraftwerk. “The songs that made it onto Pagans in Vegas weren’t written with an overarching concept in mind,” says Shaw, “with this record we were making music for the joy of it…we tried to be as bold as possible. All we want is to feel like all we got didn’t cost us everything, even if we never win.”