Metric returns home to Canada to team up with Death Cab For Cutie for the ten-date “Lights on the Horizon” tour beginning March 19 at the Bell Centre in Montreal and culminating at the Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver on April 1. Pre-sales for all shows will begin today at 10:00a.m. local time on the bands’ web sites – www.ilovemetric.com/presale-tickets/ and http://bit.ly/1HOTPbt. General on-sale will begin Friday at 10:00a.m. local time. “We are so happy that everything fell into place for Death Cab For Cutie and Metric to do this tour of Canada together,” says Metric’s lead singer Emily Haines.
In addition to the Canadian stretch, Metric hits the road again with their nationwide U.S. Tour, kicking off February 12 at Chicago’s House of Blues. The 2016 dates for the “I Can See The End” tour will include performances in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Boston, with supporting act Joywave. Both tours celebrate the band’s new album,Pagans in Vegas, in stores now.
The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog recently premiered the band’s video for “The Governess.” Watch the video HERE and on WSJ.com HERE.
Pagans in Vegas is 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 Haines with acoustic instruments in Nicaragua and Spain. This period of writing yielded an unprecedented amount of material across two major musical veins. 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.”