Self-aware, with a willingness to experiment. Lyrically astute, with a knack for producing beautiful, well-crafted compositions that stem from daily observations and world events. Hardly un-emotional. The Canadian indie-rock outfit, Metric, refuse to back down from their convictions, yet are not afraid to show that they are just like you and I - searching for truth and love in a vast world.
Way back in 1998, as the stars aligned, lead singer Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw first met each other in Toronto and decided to form a band. After working with each other in Montreal, producing a collection of demos (Mainstream E.P.), they moved to New York City (where they famously shared flat space with future members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars) and teamed up with bassist Joshua Winstead and drummer Joules Scott Key.
Metric's first LP proper, 'Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?', released in 2003, earned them a loyal fan base on Canadian soil. However, it was last year's 'Live It Out' album that finally saw the band go international. This was thanks in no small part to 'Monster Hospital', (whose "I fought the war, but the war won" refrain has inspired mass pandemonium on many an indie dance floor) and the sublime candy-coated-Interpol sugar rush of 'Poster of A Girl'. Frontwoman Haines has even struck out on her own path as a solo artist with her recent album, 'Knives Don't Have Your Back', a must for fans of Metric and Emily Haines's otherworldly vocals.
If you're seeing Metric opening for Bloc Party on the upcoming U.K. tour and have yet to open your ears to them, your chance to be enlightened is coming near. Cheers to a bright band with an even brighter future.
In 2005, Nick Peill was hardly living the rock star dream. He was a primary school teacher by day, but during the holidays and whenever else he could find the time, he retreated to his Warwickshire studio, located in his very own garden shed. This DIY, stripped ethic translates itself into the music of his band, who go under the appropriately organic name of 'Fields'.
Nick left the shed for the city and moved to London, where he met four individuals aiming for careers in music. Their background sounds like the plot of an indie-folk storybook. Keyboardist/vocalist Thorunn Antonia's father composed the Icelandic national anthem, but she found herself doing voiceover work. Drummer/vocalist Henry Spenner also had music in his blood: his father performed at the original Woodstock Festival. Guitarist Jamie Putnam was a music journalist and bassist/vocalist/keyboardist Matty Derham had been working as a hairstylist. Before Fields, Matty's best known contribution to the music world was perhaps Russell Lissack's infamous fringe, the 'Blochead'!
Straddling folk and electronica, pop and left-field, Fields caused a frenzy amongst eager record labels. Eventually, Atlantic snatched them up with the deal of allowing them to release material through their own Black Lab label. Fields' first single with Atlantic, 'If You Fail We All Fail', was released on 20th November, and they've recently been busy recording their debut album with legendary producer Michael Beinhorn.
Fields have outgrown the garden shed and are hotly tipped as one of the acts to look out for in 2007. They provide support for half of Bloc Party's UK tour next year (Metric provide the other half) so make sure to turn up early for a dose of rustic, occasionally creepy, songsmithery.
Have a field day:
MP3: [Brittle Sticks] [Charming The Flames] [Roll Down The Hill]
Video: [Brittle Sticks] [If You Fail We All Fail] [Song For The Fields]
'The Prayer' video
Watch the brand new video for 'The Prayer' over on the BBC Radio 1 website now! Shot at Café 1001 in Shoreditch, East London, this is Walter Stern's first video in several years. He's previously directed seminal promos for The Verve's 'Bittersweet Symphony', Massive Attack's 'Teardrop' and The Prodigy's 'Breathe'.
So does it meet Walter Stern's usual high standard? That girl swallowing the guy's face is a bit freaky...
Labels: Singles, Videos