Metric (indie rock)

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Metric is a Canadian rock band founded in 1998 in Toronto. The band consists of Emily Haines (lead vocals, synthesizers, guitar, tambourine, harmonica, piano), James Shaw (guitar, synthesizers, theremin, backing vocals), Joshua Winstead (bass, synthesizers, backing vocals) and Joules Scott-Key (drums, percussion). Although the band is Canadian, Haines was born in India and Winstead is American. The band started in 1998 as a duo formed by Haines and Shaw with the name "Mainstream". After releasing an EP titled Mainstream EP, they changed the band's name to Metric, after a sound that was programmed by Shaw on his keyboard. In 2001, Winstead and Scott-Key joined them.

The band's first official studio album, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?, was released on September 2, 2003. It was followed by the album Live It Out, released on October 4, 2005, which was nominated for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize for the "Canadian Album of the Year" and for the 2006 Juno Awards for "Best Alternative Album". Their third studio album, Grow Up and Blow Away, was recorded in 2001 and it was initially planned as their debut album. The album was delayed for many years and it was finally released on June 26, 2007, with some changes to the track list. Some songs were also slightly reworked.

Metric's fourth album Fantasies was released on April 7, 2009. It was shortlisted for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for "Canadian Album of the Year", and won the "Alternative Album of the Year" at the 2010 Juno Awards. Metric also won the 2010 "Group of the Year". The fifth Metric studio album, Synthetica, was released on June 12, 2012. The band won two awards at 2013 Juno Awards: "Alternative Album of the Year" for Synthetica and "Producer of the Year" for James Shaw. The art director/designer/photographer Justin Broadbent also won an award for "Recording Package of the Year" for Synthetica. Metric's sixth album, Pagans in Vegas, was released on September 18, 2015.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Grow Up and Blow Away Metric 3 4
2003 Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? Metric 4 5
2005 Live It Out Metric 3.65 7
2009 Fantasies Metric 4.75 9
2012 Synthetica Metric 4 6
2012 Synthetica (Reflections) Metric 1
2015 Pagans in Vegas Metric 3.5 4

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Metric: Live at Metropolis Metric 1
2011 iTunes Session Metric 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Fantasies Flashback Metric 1
2012 Electrified Fantasies Metric 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Cosmopolis: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Howard Shore & Metric 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Poster of a Girl Metric 1
2006 Monster Hospital Metric 4 1
2008 Help I'm Alive Metric 3
2009 Sick Muse Metric 2
2010 Eclipse (All Yours) Metric 1
2012 Youth Without Youth Metric 1
2015 The Shade Metric 1
2015 Cascades Metric 1
2015 Too Bad, So Sad Metric 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Static Anonymity E.P. Metric 1
2009 Plug in, Plug out Metric 4 2
2010 Fantasies (Spotify Covers EP) Metric 1
2015 The Shade Metric 1

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