Music - September 16th, 2009

Metric is a Canadian band. This band was made in in 1998 in New York City, but today they are currently in Toronto, Ontario.

Metric is made up of Emily Haines, a singer, and also plays the Synthesizer), James Shaw, who plays the guitar, Josh Winstead, who plays bass guitar, and drummer Joules Scott-Key. Their first CD, called Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?came out in 2003. Their new CD, Live It Out, was released on October 4, 2005.

Haines and Shaw are part of a band called Broken Social Scene, and Haines has been a guest on albums by Stars, KC Accidental, Delerium, The Stills, and Jason Collett.

Their songs “Monster Hospital” and “Police and the Private” have been used on the television show Grey’s Anatomy. “Monster Hospital” has been used in the television show CSI: Miami.

Metric continued to work on their first CD in the first few months of 2001. The album under construction included uptempo songs such as the title track “Grow Up and Blow Away”, “Raw Sugar”, and “Soft Rock Star”, and downtempo songs like “White Gold”, “The Twist”, and “Rock Me Now”. “Parkdale”, Haines and Shaw finished the CD in April and by this time had found a new label — Restless Records, the L.A. indie record company that supported They Might Be Giants, Agent Orange, and The Dead Milkmen.

Metric was heard for the first time by many in August 2001 with the advertisement “Be Afraid”, advertising Polaroid’s I-Zone Pocket Fortune film. The music used for the advertisement was taken from the song “Grow Up and Blow Away”, with the line “Why does it feel so good to die today?” changed to “Why does it feel so good to fly away?”.