Metric announce new single ‘Breathing Under Water’1 November 2012
Cult Canadian rockers Metric will release new single ‘Breathing Under Water’ on December 3 2012, through MMI in the UK. The single is the latest track to be taken from the band’s widely acclaimed new album Synthetica, which garnered critical acclaim, both here (where the band performed a sell-out show at Shepherds Bush Empire) and internationally.
Synthetica, the band’s fifth album, is released independently through the band’s own Metric Music International (MMI) label, following on from the incredible success of its predecessor Fantasies (which picked up 2 Juno Awards and a top 20 American radio hit, all without the backing of a traditional label). The album explores unsettling, dystopian elements of our modern world, with a backdrop of futuristic synths and Jimmy Shaw’s melodic guitar work. Speaking about the record’s themes, iconic frontwoman Emily Haines says; ‘Synthetica is about insomnia, fucking up, fashion, all the devices and gadgets we attach to our brains, getting wasted, watching people die in other countries, watching people die in your own country, dancing your ass off, questioning the cops, poetic justice, standing up for yourself, sex, the apocalypse’.
‘Breathing Under Water’ is the deft meld of Haines’ lyrical disenchantment with the muscular indie drive which Metric have made their calling card over an incredible 12 year career. Jimmy Shaw’s guitar lines arc and surge above propulsive drums, whilst Haines alludes to disillusionment ‘They were right when they said we should never meet our heroes’ and disorientation ‘Nights are days / we’ll beat a path through the mirrored maze’ in ever-crystalline signature vocals.
Synthetica was recorded between Metric’s studios in Toronto and the legendary Electric Lady Studios of New York, with its title derived from a Blade Runner-esque anti-heroine, imagined by Haines as replicant who voices an internal monologue of a human’s imperfections. ‘If you imagine a nightmarishly fake version of me as a pop star, that’s her. And this record was about me saying, I’m going to give more to music than ever, but there’s no way I’m going to turn into someone like that’.
Alongside the release and international success of Synthetica, 2012 has also seen the characteristically prolific band score the soundtrack to ‘Cosmopolis’ (starring Robert Pattinson) alongside the legendary Howard Shore, and tour Synthetica worldwide with the relentless energy of a band unmistakably still at the peak of their creative powers.