Metric preview seventh album with gritty music video for 'Dark Saturday': Watch

The video was shot on an iPhone X by director and longtime collaborator Justin Broadbent and serves as a teaser to the upcoming yet-to-be-titled seventh studio album.


                            Metric preview seventh album with gritty music video for 'Dark Saturday': Watch

Candian indie-rockers Metric are returning later this summer with their first album since 2015. The as-yet-untitled follow up to 'Pagans in Vegas' is due for release on September 21 through MMI/Crystal Math Music.

The upcoming album spans a total of 12 tracks and marks the Canadian indie rockers’ seventh full-length effort to date. It also marks the first time in a decade where Metric has worked with outside producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83, Nine Inch Nails) rather than the band’s own guitarist/producer, Jimmy Shaw.

“Justin was just what we needed in a producer for this album,” Shaw explained in a statement. “He really saw every band member eye to eye and was able to capture what we each do best. It was something I realized I couldn’t do at this stage, having been in the band for so long. We were finally able to focus on just playing again, as we did at the start. Making this album brought us together in a way we hadn’t been for quite some time and I think you can hear it in the music.”

As CoS points out, the album also features a re-emphasis of guitar-driven arrangements in an effort to capture Metric's early-days sonic feel. Lead singer Emily Haines made a reference to Spinal Tap as she described the new material as demonstrative of the fact that “the band has plugged in and turned their guitars to 11.”

Metric teased the forthcoming release last week with lead single 'Dark Saturday'. Today (July 17), they’ve followed it up with a gritty, lo-fi, black & white music video, which was shot on an iPhone X by director and longtime collaborator Justin Broadbent. The video comprises four different juxtaposed sequences, each one following a member of Metric wandering alone through disparate settings, but every now and then, there's a moment of synchronicity - like when the whole band looks up in unison or at the end when they seem to gather around a white car. However, when the camera pulls back, each member remains alone. In the final moment, singer Emily Haines is shown holding a postcard that reads “Wish you were here.” Watch the music video below.

Metric is currently opening for the Smashing Pumpkins’ 'Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour.' It’s the Pumpkins' first tour in almost two decades to feature three of their founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin. The trek which kicked off on 12 July hits Oklahoma City on July 14 and runs through early September before wrapping up on September 7 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, ID. Find the complete schedule of tour dates below.

Metric 2018 Tour Dates (in support of Smashing Pumpkins):

July
12 – Glendale, Ariz. @ Gila River Arena
14 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
16 – Austin, Texas @ Frank Erwin Center
17 – Houston, Texas @ Toyota Center
18 – Dallas, Texas @ American Airlines Center
20 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Bridgestone Arena
22 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Infinite Energy Arena
24 – Miami, Fla. @ American Airlines Arena
25 – Tampa, Fla. @ Amalie Arena
27 – Baltimore, Md. @ Royal Farms Arena
28 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Wells Fargo Center
29 – Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
31 – Boston, Mass. @ TD Garden

August
01 – New York City, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
02 – Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Center
04 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ PPG Paints Arena
05 – Detroit, Mich. @ Little Caesars Arena
07 – Montreal, Quebec @ Centre Bell
08 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
09 – London, Ontario @ Budweiser Gardens
11 – Columbus, Ohio @ Schottenstein Center
13 – Chicago, Ill. @ United Center
14 – Chicago, Ill. @ United Center
16 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Sprint Center
17 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
19 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
20 – Omaha, Neb. @ CenturyLink Center
21 – Sioux Falls, S.D. @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
24 – Seattle, Wash. @ KeyArena
25 – Portland, Ore. @ Moda Center
27 – Oakland, Calif. @ Oracle Arena
28 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Golden 1 Center
30 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum
31 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum

September
01 – San Diego, Calif. @ Viejas Arena
02 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ T-Mobile Arena
04 – Salt Lake City, Utah. @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
05 – Denver, Colo. @ Pepsi Center
07 – Boise, Idaho @ Ford Idaho Center