2003 in Canadian music saw the release of Kathleen Edward’s debut, Failer, Sloan’s seventh, Action Pact, Sarah McLachlan released Afterglow, her fifth LP, Montreal ska heroes released their fifth as well, Mighty, and a band by the name of Metric released their commercial debut, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? It should have been their second, as Grow Up and Blow Away never saw a release in 2001 (later released in 2007, with a slightly modified track listing). After that, the rest, as they say, is history. In regards to Canadian music, no doubt I am missing numerous releases, both major and small, I just used a few illustration purposes.
Since Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? they have been indie rock fan favourites in Canada. And with the release of Fantasies, and the song “Eclipse (All Yours)” on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack, it is safe to say they are now known globally.
To this day, from the release of 2003’s Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?, to 2009’s Fantasies, I think it is safe to say Metric really have their own sound, of indie rock meets new wave, making them fairly unique.
Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? is a solid release from start to finish. It really helped pave the way for what Metric have become, the evolution of the band one might say started with this album, at least stylistically for what they would become. Likely this would have been the case if Grow Up and Blow Away did see a release in 2001, however it is hard to say for sure, seeing as after the release of Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?, they were touring like mad, and out of the touring is where Live It Out, their second released album, came. Grow Up and Blow Away, is more a mellow, rock album, with considerably less new wave influence. “Soft Rock Star” is a very nice mid tempo track from said album, with its funky bass line, and vocals that fit the song title.
The tone is set quickly on Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? with “IOU”. It mellows out a little with “Hustle Rose”, and picks up again with the political and very enjoyable “Succexy”. I believe the first Metric track I heard was “Combat Baby“. A very fitting first track. Also, a track I am looking forward to rocking out to on Rock Band 3!
As I mentioned above, the Metric sound is fairly unique, and that is the case with Emily Haines’ voice. CMJ likened her voice to “a more enthusiastic Ladytron-ette”. I have to agree in part, as she does sound a little like Helen Marnie, however their respective voices work well for their respective genres.
Fans and those that are not yet fans of Metric can do no wrong with checking out their first commercially available album.
Music videos from Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?: