METRIC PREMIERES “LOVE YOU BACK” VIDEO

U.S. TOUR KICKS OFF FEBRUARY 11 IN CLEVELAND

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM ART OF DOUBT OUT NOW ON MMI/CRYSTAL MATH MUSIC

Canadian group Metric is premiering the video for their album track “Love You Back.” A show of appreciation for the band’s fans, the video consists of a number of fan videos submitted via social media and edited together. Watch/share the video HERE.

“‘Love You Back’ is about making a decision to stop being miserable,” notes frontwoman Emily Haines. “We get trapped in past incarnations of ourselves and decide that nothing can ever change.  I’ve been held in place with wire and lace and waltzed around the drain. In the tension between a very dull standard of conventional morality and an intense desire to break out of it, our fixed ideas of ourselves and fear of any negative outside perception keep holding us back.  What we desperately want is to ditch all that and be free.”

Haines adds, “The video for ‘Love You Back’ is performed by fans, each owning the song in their own way. It’s addictive to watch, like a version of Instagram in an alternate reality where people are way less concerned about crafting the perfect image of happiness and instead are just feeling it, and expressing it, for real, IRL.”

For Valentine’s Day, Metric is releasing limited edition colored 7” vinyl singles and an exclusive t-shirt for the song; both are available HERE.

“Love You Back” is the newest release from the band’s critically acclaimed seventh LP Art of Doubt, out now via MMI/Crystal Math Music. NPR Music’s “First Listen” premiered the full album, noting “on the new Art of Doubt, Metric takes another welcome hard turn—this time back into spiky, guitar-driven rock and roll;” read the full review HERE and purchase/stream the album HERE.

In celebration of the album, the group is embarking on a co-headlining U.S. tour alongside Mexican rock band Zoé, supported by fellow Canadians July Talk. The extensive 27 city tour begins February 11 in Cleveland, and $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to the fight against climate change through the band’s ongoing work with the Plus1 organization. See below for a complete list of dates; tickets are available via the band’s website HERE.

Praise for Art of Doubt continues to pour in:

“Without fully shedding Metric’s synths—or brightening Haines’ messaging, which remains awash in class critiques and accounts of troublesome human behavior—Art of Doubt is the sound of a band that’s only reinvigorated by the arrival of its 20th anniversary.” –NPR First Listen

The group’s pulsating synthesizers and looming guitars carry new- wave urgency into the 21st century.” –The New York Times

“Emily Haines leads her band into their seventh album with their own sound... full of big, broad rock anthems.” –Pitchfork

“Partly inspired by the chaotic state of the world, the group is ready to rock again.” –Billboard

“Bolstered by pulsating synths and the urgent push-and-shove of guitar, the thesis of [Metric’s new] LP is never more clear than in four-on-the-floor gem ‘Now or Never Now,’ a cautionary tale of living one’s life like a wallflower at the discotheque.” –Rolling Stone

“[Art of Doubt is] driven by massive rock guitars and soaring synthesizers, but also by Haines’s vivid, poetic lyrics that tell the stories between the notes.” –Lenny

“Defiance never sounded so good.” –NME

“there’s a confidence and consideration here that feels hard-earned” –Stereogum

“one of our favorite albums of the year” –Uproxx

“instantly memorable and one of their best overall albums yet” –AllMusic

In anticipation of the record Metric premiered critically acclaimed videos for three album tracks: “Dressed to Suppress,” “Dark Saturday” and most recently “Now or Never Now.”

For the first time in the band’s last three albums, guitarist Jimmy Shaw did not co-produce, preferring to turn over the producer mantle to first time collaborator Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83, Beck, Nine Inch Nails.) “Justin was just what we needed in a producer for this album,” notes Shaw. “He really saw every band member eye to eye and was able to capture what we each do best.” The album was recorded at Metric’s own Giant Studio in Toronto and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Phoenix, Depeche Mode, Air.)

“I found in the writing of these songs that I was positioning myself as being out in the world in solidarity with the people around me…no matter what’s going on internally or externally, there’s that sense of urgency, of energy. We’re still going to go out, we’re still going to socialize, to push ourselves, we’re still going to celebrate. It’s just going to be dark,” Haines explains.

For more information, please contact Joe Cohen, Samantha Tillman, Kate Rakvic or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.


METRIC LIVE

* with Zoé and July Talk
† with July Talk


February 11 /// Cleveland, OH /// House of Blues†
February 13 /// Boston, MA /// House of Blues*
February 14 /// Philadelphia, PA /// The Fillmore*
February 15 /// Washington DC /// The Fillmore*
February 18 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Kings Theatre*
February 21 /// Richmond, VA /// The National†
February 22 /// Nashville, TN /// Marathon Music Works*
February 24 /// Atlanta, GA /// Tabernacle*
February 26 /// San Antonio, TX /// Aztec Theatre*
February 28 /// Houston, TX /// Revention Music Centre*
March 1 /// Dallas, TX /// Southside Ballroom*
March 2 /// Austin, TX /// Moody Theater*
March 4 /// Phoenix, AZ /// The Van Buren*
March 5 /// San Diego, CA /// CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre*
March 6 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Palladium*
March 9 /// Anaheim, CA /// House of Blues*
March 10 /// Las Vegas, NV /// The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan*
March 11 /// Riverside, CA /// Riverside Municipal Auditorium*
March 13 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Masonic*
March 14 /// Portland, OR /// Crystal Ballroom†
March 15 /// Portland, OR /// Crystal Ballroom†
March 16 /// Seattle, WA /// The Moore*
March 18 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// The Depot*
March 20 /// Denver, CO /// The Fillmore*
March 21 /// Kansas City, MO /// The Truman†
March 22 /// Chicago, IL /// Aragon Ballroom*
March 23 /// Indianapolis, IN /// Egyptian Room†
March 25 /// Detroit, MI /// The Fillmore†
April 17 /// Victoria, BC /// Save on Foods Memorial†
April 18 /// Vancouver, BC /// Pacific Coliseum†
April 20 /// Calgary, AB /// Stampede Corral†
April 21 /// Edmonton, AB /// Shaw Conference Centre†
April 22 /// Saskatoon, SK /// SaskTel Centre†
April 23 /// Winnipeg, MB /// Bell MTS Place†
April 26 /// Toronto, ON /// Scotiabank Arena†
April 27 /// Ottawa, ON /// TD Place Arena†
April 28 /// London, ON /// Budweiser Gardens†
May 2 /// Halifax, NS /// Halifax Scotiabank Centre†
May 3 /// Moncton, NB /// Avenir Centre†
May 5 /// Montreal, QC /// Mtelus†