It feels like forever since we last heard from Toronto indie rock band Metric, but the Canadian quartet is finally back with a new single.
“Dark Saturday” is a heavy new track that sees the band swap out their alternative glossy synths for the more punk guitar-scuzzy sound of their earlier years. On the new single, lead singer Emily Haines explores the disconnect between the self-made and the spoiled with lyrics like “I meet her in the world below / She’s a tourist of the world beneath / I said ‘Everything, I’ve built from nothing’ / She said ‘I’m so rich, everything’s free.’” Filled with buzzing synths and surging, stuttering distortion, it sounds like the band has returned to their indie-punk roots, following the gloomy and heavy guitar-driven sounds of their more recent records.
“Dark Saturday” is Metric’s first official release of new music since their 2015 LP Pagans in Vegas, which included hits like “The Shade,” “Cascade,” and “Too Bad, So Sad.” The collective unveiled a new song last March on The Strombo Show called “Come On, Angel,” but no official recording of this track has been shared.
Since the release of Pagans In Vegas, frontwoman Haines has been busy with her other projects, including contributing to the long-awaited Broken Social Scene comeback album Hug of Thunder last year. She also released the full-length record Choir of the Mind under her solo project Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton last September.
Metric is currently opening for the Smashing Pumpkins on their Shiny and Oh So Bright tour, but fans can expect more new music from the Canadian troupe very soon. According to Rolling Stone, the group is collaborating with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Tegan and Sara, Paramore, M83) on a yet-to-be-named seventh studio album.