16 January 2010

Song to Love: Gimme Sympathy - Metric

Although they've been around for over a decade, Metric is a new discovery to me and a pleasant one to say the least. Let me give you some background: My cousin's friend - a very generous one - gave me an old television a couple weeks ago that happens to be 52 inches wide. While the picture isn't anything in these modern days of HD, the sound system is wild. The speakers are just as big as the screen and the best thing to do is blast music when no one's home and dance around cleaning the room. On one particular night I happened to be watching Carson (of course) when Metric came on and I was overtaken with the beauty of the lead singer, Emily Haines. She was wearing a sparkly minidress with a pair of shoes I was immediately jealous of.

Since I knew nothing of the band, I wasn't prepared to get so into them after just a couple songs they played within the 29 minute show. The repeating choruses and the just-poppy-enough beats really made me happy. It's actually been weeks since I saw the performance but I still haven't gotten it out of my head which led me to finding out more information about them today. The song I particularly liked is called "Gimme Sympathy" which has some cutesy references to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones which normally might be a little irritating for some reason but they really pull it off. The band overall seems really likable and I appreciate the mixture of light/dark lyrics and melodies. I'm just a beginner when it come to Metric knowledge but from what Wikipedia tells me, they're a Canadian indie rock band, four albums deep into a career that has already seen them win numerous awards in Canada and tour the world.

"Gimme Sympathy" is track six off their newest album Fantasies, released last year and written by Haines and lead guitarist Jimmy Shaw.

Below is the music video and the acoustic version given to fans who pre-ordered the new album. Enjoy!

1 comment:

Ash Fox said...

I loooove Metric. raw sugar baby.