On 12th December 2004 US art rock outfit Metric release their debut
single 'Combat Baby' through Everloving Records.
Metric are the creative partnership of singer/synth wiz Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw, a duo who through their period together have never settled long enough to be defined by any city, scene or style. Their time in Toronto cemented a solid friendship, becoming members of Canadian's Broken Social Scene (who Haines and Shaw still collaborate with), Montreal turned them into soulmates; and London brought them songs (they worked with New Order producer Stephen Hague on a series of drum-machine-driven electro-pop records). But it was New York that finally made them the band they are today when they met up with Josh Winstead (bass) and Joules Scott-Key – no relation to US national anthem composer Francis Scott-Key – (drums). Sharing a house with the Yeah Yeah Yeah's and The Liars in Brooklyn's now trendy Williamsburg district made them major players in the New York retro-art rock scene but instead of confining themselves to that particular pigeon-hole the band decided to decamp to their current tenure in LA to work on their debut album 'Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?'. Produced by Michael Andrews Donnie Darko soundtrack) the album – an Elastica, Yeah Yeah Yeahs fusion of fuzzed up synth-pop with a political edge – will be released early next year, with the sassy, catchy-as-hell three minute blast of 'Combat Baby' preceding it in late November.
On the other side of the pond, Metric have played alongside Yeah Yeah
Yeahs, The Stills, Hot Hot Heat, The Walkmen, and Billy Talent and will
be over here to play their debut UK shows early 2005 to promote the
release of the album.