Metric Announce "Blistering" New Album

Watch a video for its first single "Dark Saturday"
Metric Announce "Blistering" New Album
Just the other day, Metric returned with the song "Dark Saturday," and now the Canadian band have confirmed their new album will arrive this fall. What's more, their latest single has been fitted with its own video.

Metric's as-yet-untitled album will arrive on September 21 via MMI/Universal. It marks the band's first new full-length since 2015's Pagans in Vegas.

A press release describes the upcoming album as a "blistering new rock record," and "Dark Saturday" is our first taste of what to expect. The song's newly shared video was directed by longtime Metric collaborator Justin Broadbent and shot entirely on an iPhone.

"The band and I agreed that shooting on an iPhone would be a good way to immediately connect a visual style to the authentic feeling of this record," said Broadbent in a statement. "Because it was a 'run and gun' style video, we needed our footprint to be tiny and quick but the video quality still needed to be high. I think this also let the band relax, not having a huge camera and lights around while allowing me the freedom to try things on the fly.  Even the design of the final video looks like four separate screens magically lining up together."

You can watch the video for "Dark Saturday" below.

Speaking of the new LP, Metric's Emily Haines said, "This is our seventh album as a band, and we wanted the first song people heard from it to be 'Dark Saturday' as a sonic heads-up that our guitars are back in force. Lyrically, the song depicts a dystopian nightlife scene of gaudy wealth where oblivious party girls say nauseating things like, 'I'm so rich everything's free.'"

For the new album, Metric enlisted Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83, Beck, Nine Inch Nails) to take over production duties at the band's own Giant Studio in Toronto. The album was then mixed by Tony Hoffer (Phoenix, Depeche Mode, Air).

"Justin was just what we needed in a producer for this album," said Shaw. "He really saw every band member eye to eye and was able to capture what we each do best. It was something I realized I couldn't do at this stage, having been in the band for so long. We were finally able to focus on just playing again, as we did at the start. Making this album brought us together in a way we hadn't been for quite some time and I think you can hear it in the music."

Right now, you can order the new album now over here, with a limited-edition "Dark Saturday" 7-inch flexi thrown in as a freebie.

As previously reported, Metric are playing with the Smashing Pumpkins on their North American tour. You can see all the dates here.