After a seemingly never-ending countdown on their Facebook page, Metric finally released the video for “Synthetica”. According to the interview published on Rolling Stone, the video works as a comment on the world’s complacency regarding the abusive formatting of people and ideas. Justin Broadbent, the video director, materializes this idea through the use of spellbinding mirrored images. It was worth the wait!
While surfing the store for Chicago’s Delicious Design League, I had this familiar feeling that I’d seen these prints before. Turns out I purchased the above Metric poster for my brother a few years back at SXSW, so I probably even met either Jason Teegarden-Downs and/or Billy Baumann, the two friends who formed Delicious Design League in 2006. The company started as a hobby for the two (who work in the design and ad biz) but grew into a full-time design and illustration studio.
Check out some great examples in the store.
Here’s the Christopher Mills (Interpol, Modest Mouse, The Secret Machines) directed short film called featuring Metric’s “Collect Call” off Fantasies. Mill’s animated piece tells the haunting tale of a young woman trapped in “a dark dream in an alternate reality,” recently premiered at the Bravo!FACT Shorts Under The Stars a little while back in Toronto.
The Clash at Demonhead is a new name to me, yet a familiar sound. They’re the Montreal art-rock band in Edgar Wright’s upcoming Michael Sera movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, played in the movie by Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Brandon Routh. Providing the music for that bands’ songs in the movie in non-other than Metric.
The song that makes it into the film is Black Sheep, a b-side to 2009’s Fantasies that almost made it on. Check it out at Metric’s Facebook app.
Other bands in the movie have had their songs supplied by Beck, Broken Social Scene and Dan The Automator.
Broken Social Scene will be releasing a new, as-yet-untitled album on May 4, 2010 on Arts & Crafts, co-produced by the band and Tortoises John McEntire at Soma Studios in Chicago (with additional recording at Giant Studio and The Schvitz Studio in Toronto). This is the first record since the self-titled 2005 release and features a huge number of artists performing on the record. To add to the current lineup of Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin, Andrew Whiteman, Sam Goldberg and Lisa Lobsinger is alumni in Leslie Feist, Amy Millan and Evan Cranley of Stars, Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw of Metric, Jason Collett, Ohad Benchetrit of Do Make Say Think and Years, John Crossingham, Marty Kinack, Leon Kingstone, Julie Penner. The record also includes contributions by John McEntire, The Sea and Cakes Sam Prekop, Tortoises Doug McCombs, Pavements Spiral Stairs, Sebastian Grainger, Poi Dog Ponderings Susan Bells, Helen Moneys Alison Chesley and The Weakerthans Jason Tait.
Around the release, look for the band on the road, dates below.
5/1/10 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
5/3/10 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
5/7/10 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
5/13/10 London, UK @ Brixton Academy (w/ Pavement)
5/14/10 Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrows Parties
5/17/10 London, UK @ Heaven
5/18/10 Amsterdam, NE @ Melkweg
5/19/10 Cologne, GR @ Burgerhaus Stollwerck
5/21/10 Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
6/19/10 Toronto, ON @ Toronto Island (w/ Pavement, Band of Horses)