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Metric Share Video for New Song “Dressed to Suppress”

New Album Due Out September 21 via MMI/Crystal Math Music

Jul 26, 2018
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Metric are releasing a yet-to-be-titled new album on September 21 via MMI/Crystal Math Music. Previously they shared its first single, "Dark Saturday," as well as a black & white video for the song featuring four split screens and shot on an iPhone. Now they have shared another video for another new song from the album, "Dressed to Suppress." It's also in black & white and features the band performing the song on a dark stage to an audience of no one. Musically, the song is atmospheric and electronic. Watch it below. Metric are currently on tour opening for The Smashing Pumpkins and those dates are below too.

Frontwoman Emily Haines had this to say about the song in a press release: "Lyrically, the song explores the maze of conflicts we encounter in our attempts at finding and holding onto love; the absurd mating rituals we routinely perform; and the vast divide between the desires our appearances can imply and the way we actually feel inside. Sonically, it's one of the most intense songs on the album. We're already playing it live and it's getting stronger every night. The contrast between the delicate, dreamy opening and the heavy riffs of the verse and chorus match the dramatic emotional shifts we all go through when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, the push and pull of retaining our own identities in love."

Metric haven't released a new album in almost three years, since 2015's Pagans in Vegas. Guitarist Jimmy Shaw did not co-produce the new album, despite doing so with the band's last three albums. Instead, Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83, Beck) produced the album, which was recorded at Metric's own Giant Studio in Toronto and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Phoenix, Depeche Mode).

In a previous press release Shaw had this to say about working with Meldal-Johnsen: "Justin was just what we needed in a producer for this album. He really saw every band member eye to eye and was able to capture what we each do best. It was something I realized I couldn't do at this stage, having been in the band for so long. We were finally able to focus on just playing again, as we did at the start. Making this album brought us together in a way we hadn't been for quite some time and I think you can hear it in the music."

Last year frontwoman Emily Haines released a new solo album, Choir of the Mind, under the name Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton. She also appeared on Hug of Thunder, Broken Social Scene's excellent 2017 album.

Read our 2017 The End interview with Emily Haines about endings and death.

Metric Tour Dates (with The Smashing Pumpkins):

07/27 Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
07/28 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
07/29 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
07/31 Boston, MA @ TD Garden
08/01 New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
08/02 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/04 Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
08/05 Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
08/07 Montreal @ Centre Bell
08/11 Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
08/13 Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/14 Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/16 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
08/17 Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
08/19 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
08/20 Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
08/21 Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
08/24 Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
08/25 Portland, OR @ Moda Center
08/27 Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
08/28 Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
08/30 Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
09/01 San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
09/02 Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
09/04 Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
09/05 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
09/07 Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center

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