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Metric talk ‘gruelling’ new album ‘Synthetica’

Emily Haines also tells NME about the inspiration for the title of their fifth album

Metric have spoken about the making of their new album ‘Synthetica’, which they have described as “gruelling”.

The Canadian band will release their fifth full-length offering on June 18. The record contains a total of 11 tracks, and has been produced by the group’s guitarist Jimmy Shaw.

Speaking to NME, singer Emily Haines said that the band had accomplished a number of milestones during the making of the album, including recording at New York’s Electric Lady Studios, but that the recording process had been very demanding.

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Asked about ‘Synthetica’, Haines said: “It feels like a big culmination of our 10 years as Metric. We accomplished a lot of milestones, like making it in our own studio. Recording at Electric Lady studios in New York too was a big dream realised. It was grueling, as it always is, but we’re really happy with the results.”

Then asked what people could expect from the band’s fifth offering, Haines replied that it would have something for all their fans and drew from across their back catalogue.

She said of this: “We’re trying to evolve, but it’ll have something for everyone who’s been into our other albums. It has the sweetness of our early records, there’s a little bit of ‘Live It Out’, which was our troublemaker rock record and ‘Fantasies’, which focused more on songwriting, there’s a lot of that in there.”

Haines then explained the meaning behind the album’s title, saying that the record “looks at the hyper-modern age”.

Asked about the record’s title, Haines said: “From the beginning, it always felt like that’s what the title for the album should be and, the title track, which is this huge, sci-fi synthscape, really sits as the centerpiece of the record. It’s also us saying ‘What’s real? What’s not real?’, looking at the hyper-modern age. The title brings it all together.”

Metric will celebrate the album’s release with a short UK tour, playing a total of three shows in July.

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The gigs begin in London at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on July 2, the band then play Manchester’s HMV Ritz on July 7 and finally Oxford’s O2 Academy on July 8.

You can watch the video for the band’s previous single ‘Gimme Sympathy’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

The tracklisting for ‘Synthetica’ is as follows:

‘Artificial Nocturne’
‘Youth Without Youth’
‘Speed The Collapse’
‘Breathing Underwater’
‘Dreams So Real’
‘Lost Kitten’
‘The Void’
‘Synthetica’
‘Clone’
‘The Wanderlust’
‘Nothing But Time’

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