Metric premieres a video for new single “The Shade” from upcoming album Pagans in Vegas. Earlier this summer the Canadian rockers also launched a free app featuring advance access to new music.
The album is set for release on September 18 via the band’s own label MMI and is available for pre-order on iTunes with an instant download of “Cascades,” “The Shade” and “Too Bad, So Sad.” Physical and digital pre-order packages are available on the band’s website including a variety of exclusive, autographed items and 2 bonus tracks. The limited edition EP, The Shade, includes “Cascades” alongside first single “The Shade,” additional album track “Too Bad, So Sad” and exclusive bonus track “Office Towers Escalate.”
Meanwhile, the app Pagan Portal is available for download on iOS/Apple and Android platforms here and allows fans to unlock streams of songs from the band’s upcoming album well before the music can be heard anywhere else. Users of the app may also receive occasional notifications regarding special announcements and access to perks such as pre-sale tickets, contest opportunities, discounts and more.
Pagans in Vegas will be 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 front woman Emily Haines with acoustic instruments in Nicaragua and Spain. This period of writing yielded an unprecedented amount of material across two major musical veins and 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.”
Metric—Haines, Shaw, Joules Scott Key and Joshua Winstead—self-released their last two albums on five continents and have gone on to sell millions of records worldwide. In 2009, Metric became the first band in history to have their first ever Top 20 hit at U.S. commercial radio without the backing of a traditional label.