Metric’s remarkable journey has seen them collaborate and record with Lou Reed, perform with the Rolling Stones and even entertain the Queen of England.
In 2009, the band broke with convention, turned away from the industry establishment and self-released their 4th studio album Fantasies, which went on to sell over 500,000 albums and millions of singles worldwide, as Metric exploded on to the international stage.
Metric became the first band in history to have a Top 20 hit at US commercial radio without the backing of a label. Almost overnight, they found themselves headlining tours around the world. Fantasies won a plethora of awards, including Group of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year at the Juno Awards in their home country of Canada. Songs from that album were placed dozens of times in Hollywood movies and top TV shows from Grey’s Anatomy to CSI, amongst many.
The theme song Metric wrote for the cult hit Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, starring Michael Cera, caught the eye of legendary composer Howard Shore who invited the band to collaborate with him on writing the official theme song and score music for the Twilight saga’s blockbuster film Eclipse, for which the music was nominated for both Grammy and Oscar awards. The band later collaborated again with Shore to write the original score for the David Cronenberg film Cosmopolis.
The story of Metric’s unlikely path to success was covered at length by the media, from Billboard to Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the LA Times and even the Wall Street Journal, culminating in the band being invited to give a talk at Harvard University where they discussed their journey at the inaugural Rethink Music conference along with artists such as R.E.M. and iconic U2 manager Paul McGuiness.
Fantasies was followed by the band’s 5th studio album Synthetica (2012), and more recently by Pagans in Vegas (2015).
In the spring of 2016 Metric wrapped the busiest tour schedule in its history with a final cross-Canada leg called the “Lights on the Horizon” tour. The last stop was at Vancouver’s Thunderbird arena, with a special appearance from doctor David Suzuki, whose foundation received a $1 donation for every ticket sold on the tour through the Plus 1 program. The performance was the subject of a 24 camera shoot, captured for a concert film entitled Dreams So Real, expected out in early 2017.