Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?
Bursting with taut indie rock, the album shines, thanks to vocalist Emily Haines's coy disaffection and self-assured sauciness. Unlike similarly synth-fried bands, however, Metric's live shows are more vintage T-shirt than skinny tie: New songs played during recent tours are art-school-damaged and punkish.
Any one-hit wonder or label-jilted band can tell you that the vicissitudes of the music industry work in mysterious ways. Just ask the Los Angeles quartet Metric, which found its space-age synthpop tune "Grow Up and Blow Away" featured prominently in a Polaroid commercial, even as its Stephen Hague-produced debut of the same name suffered in release-schedule limbo. The nomadic band -- which has also spent time in Brooklyn, London, and Toronto, and boasts two members with ties to the Canadian art-school commune Broken Social Scene -- eventually ditched the anemic yuppie-bar frostiness of those early sessions for guitar-buzzed electropop when recording its second disc,