On October that year Metric played a live webcast show on Myspace 's "Hey Play This" programme, playing requests sent in by fans. The band performed in in Canada, Mexico and Brazil while continuing to record their upcoming fourth album. Fantasies was issued in a standard edition featuring 10 tracks , a deluxe edition including 4 more tracks , a deluxe edition UK edition including 10 more tracks , and later, an Expanded Edition a second disc with 10 tracks. A fusion of new wave and loud rock,  Fantasies was generally well received by critics and fans.
By it had sold , copies, the band's best selling album so far. Haines and Shaw had performed all ten tracks acoustically the previous September at Union Pool in Brooklyn. The music video for "Gimme Sympathy" was released on Myspace on March 16, Haines and Shaw completed a mini tour of acoustic shows across Canada, with stops in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria in late April with cooperation from local radio stations.
They then headed to Australia for their first Australian tour in early October, and performed a show in Tokyo. The track was the theme for his art exhibition Glorious Excess Dies , and later became part of a compilation album set up by Linkin Park's Music for Relief for victims of the Haiti earthquake.
In October , Metric released a five-track EP called Plug in Plug Out containing acoustic versions of songs from Fantasies , which was available on Amazon for 30 days. In December that year the band produced a charity T-shirt for the Yellow Bird Project to raise funding to promote musical education across Canada. It was at this event that Haines met Lou Reed , leading to later collaborations between the two of them.
The track "Black Sheep" was released on August 10, , and became available on the band's Myspace page. The song is on the soundtrack for the film Scott Pilgrim vs. In the movie, the song is sung by Brie Larson , who portrayed Envy Adams in the film. Scott Pilgrim author Bryan Lee O'Malley said he was inspired by concert photos of Haines while originally drawing Envy's singing poses. An acoustic version of the song can be found on the Expanded Edition of Fantasies.
In October , Metric released a collection of remixes from Fantasies entitled Fantasies Flashbacks through a collaboration with website Indaba Music. The band released all the individual tracks as well as their stems so that the general public could remix the songs. The songs were then submitted online to Indaba and the band chose the winning remixes for the album. An unofficial album Electrified Fantasies featuring 14 remixes of songs of the album "Fantasies" appeared in January The tracks were selected from remixes that arose from the official remix contest and are licensed under a Creative Commons license.
The band's fifth studio album, Synthetica , was released on June 12, on the band's own label, Metric Music International, and received generally positive reviews.
The album also included a collaboration with Lou Reed , who sang with Haines on "Wanderlust". For iTunes pre-orders, they included five instrumental bonus tracks, that were the basis of five songs from the album. A deluxe version, with five additional acoustic tracks, was released on November 20, The album's first single " Youth Without Youth " was released to the internet on April 30, This was followed by a sneak preview of "Speed the Collapse", which was released to the internet on May 23, On May 29, , the band started a hide and seek hunt for fans to access an early stream of Synthetica.
The secretive stream became available on the band's SoundCloud page. A few days later the stream became publicly available. In late it was announced that the band would be contributing to the soundtrack of David Cronenberg 's drama film entitled Cosmopolis.
This was the second time that the band collaborated with Shore after their previous work on the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack. On August 21, , the first episode of a documentary about the making of Synthetica , covering events at the band's home studio in Toronto and recording sessions at New York's Electric Lady Studios , was released on the band's YouTube channel. The band wrapped up a tour dates US Tour on October 14, On November 20, , Metric released a deluxe version of Synthetica , which featured acoustic versions of songs on the album, as well as a cover of "Strange Weather" by Tom Waits.
In April, they performed at Coachella Festival. The band spent writing for their upcoming sixth studio album. In December , it was announced Metric would be appearing in early on a new series called Sessions X alongside artists like The Trews , Dear Rouge , and Buck On May 11, , Metric released "The Shade", the first single off their upcoming album.
The single marked a noted departure for the new record from Metric's more guitar oriented synth rock, and leaned more heavily on synthesizers, with electronic and pop stylings. In other words, it sounds just like an album by one of the bands that inspire them, finely tuned machines like the Cars , Garbage , Blondie , and Missing Persons. Or conversely, they sound sort of how you'd imagine the ideal Idol contestant's album would sound -- huge with an excess of glittering and hooks.
Indeed, most of the songs on Fantasies wouldn't sound out of place on a Kelly Clarkson record; they are finely crafted, totally focused, and powerful pop songs that blend '80s new wave, '90s alt-rock, and timeless pop songcraft into compact pop nuggets.
If "Sick Muse" were given a push on radio, it could easily be a big smash for the band. The hand-waving chorus, the pulverizing drumming, and the smooth-as-glass production are perfect for the airwaves. Quite a few others sound like they too should be blasting out of car radios on summer streets; the laser beam-tight "Gold Guns Girls," the shimmering "Front Row," and the propulsive "Gimme Sympathy" all fit this bill perfectly. Instead, they sound big enough to reach the back row of a stadium, as does the whole album.
That Metric title a song "Stadium Love" gives you a clue to the ambition of the band. There's nothing small or careful about Fantasies -- it's a full-on bid for pop glory and it's a smashing success.
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Retrieved August 16, Retrieved January 8, Metric consists of vocalist Emily Haines who also plays the synthesizer and guitar , guitarist James Shaw who also plays the synthesizer and theremin , bassist Josh Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key. The Metric discography includes seven studio albums, seven extended plays, 25 singles, two video albums, 29 music videos and three soundtrack albums.
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