Metric unveil 'Dark Saturday,' their first new material in 3 years

'Dark Saturday' is the first taste of Metric's upcoming yet-to-be-titled seventh studio album, which follows 2015's 'Pagans in Vegas'

                            Metric unveil 'Dark Saturday,' their first new material in 3 years
(L-R) Musicians Joules Scott-Key, Emily Haines, Joshua Winstead and James Shaw of the band Metric (Source: Getty Images)

Canadian indie heartthrobs Metric have released a new single. Titled 'Dark Saturday,' it's the band's first new original material since their sixth studio album, 2015's 'Pagans in Vegas.' 

'Dark Saturday' is also the first taste of Metric's upcoming seventh studio album (which is yet to be titled). The indie quartet is collaborating with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Tegan and Sara, Paramore, M83) on the as-yet-untitled album. If the new single is anything to go by, we can expect a grungier, fuzzier album with a little more bite than 'Pagans in Vegas.'

The new single starts with an uncomfortable feedback screech that morphs into a heavily distorted riff. Of course, it wouldn't be a Metric track without the loopy, winding synths intertwined around Emily Haines' reverb-drowned vocals. “I meet her in the world below/ She’s a tourist of the world beneath,” she sings over surging distortion and buzzing synths. “I said ‘Everything, I’ve built from nothing/ She said ‘I’m so rich, everything’s free,'” she notes, delineating the disparity between the haves and the have-nots of the world.

In the three years since 'Pagans in Vegas,' Metric haven't been sitting around twiddling their thumbs. Emily Haines has kept busy with her project Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton, who released the album 'Choir of the Mind' last year. She also contributed to the last Broken Social Scene album, 2017’s 'Hug of Thunder.'

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):

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

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

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