Metric were just an up-and-coming Toronto band when they first took the Bluesfest stage in 2005. They’ve played at each Bluesfest since then, evolving into award-winning pop-rock superstars along the way.
Just in the last two years, their 2009 album Fantasies got rave reviews from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and more, they won the 2010 Juno Award for Group of the Year and penned the song “Black Sheep” featured in the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
The group, consisting of singer and keyboardist Emily Haines, guitarist Jimmy Shaw, bassist Josh Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key, have become known for their fun and energetic shows. Haines in particular seldom stops moving as she slams her keyboards.
Canoe.ca writer Jason MacNeil praised her energetic stage presence in a 2009 concert review. “[With the opening song] Haines began the first of many head bangs and dancing moments, channelling that inner child prone to dancing on the bed and singing into a hairbrush.”
Metric’s wild shows have attracted huge audiences in Ottawa. In October 2009, a concert scheduled for the Civic Centre Salons had to be moved to the main arena to meet ticket demand.
Haines has faced some criticism over cold encounters with fans, but last winter she announced an online project to encourage fan interaction.
The project, Fantasies Flashbacks, is a fan-driven collection of pictures and videos from the band’s last tour. The photos include shots of concerts, memorable moments involving the band’s music, and pictures with the band members themselves.
A new album is also in the works, according to Metric’s website. Haines wrote they have been “intensively in the studio” for several months now.
At this rate, Bluesfest-goers may get to hear a new song or two.
Metric plays the Claridge Homes stage Wednesday, July 13 at 8 p.m.
— Photo courtesy of benjicoq1