Last night (April 21), Canada held its annual JUNO Awards, its version of the Grammys, and Mumford and Sons, Grimes, Metric and Leonard Cohen were among the artists to pick up prizes. It was also a big night for Carly Rae Jepsen -- who bagged Album, Pop Album and Song of the Year -- and Justin Bieber, who didn't show up (he was probably dealing with tigers or gas masks or something) but snagged his third straight Fans' Choice award.
Canadian indie rock outfit Metric have spent the better part of the last six months touring the world in support of their latest album, 'Synthetica,' and the band's new video for 'Breathing Underwater,' the second single off the disc, features footage from their various travels. From clips filmed backstage at several different venues to live performance footage shot during their set at this summer's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago and beyond, the 'Breathing' video shows a snippet of life on the road with Metric.
The Acura ILX is a new entry-level model for Honda's luxury brand, and to help get the word out, Honda engineers undertook a high-tech art project of epic proportions. Equipping the windows of an ILX with hi-def screens that face outward and loop video featuring various patterns and designs (waves crashing, clouds billowing, sparks flying, blurry things blurring), they created an eye-catching installation piece, then installed it by parking the car outside of the legendary El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Soon enough, a gaggle of hipsters surrounds the ride, mesmerized by the trippy video art.
Canadian indie rock outfit Metric have been together for over a decade now, initially garnering attention with their 2003 debut album, 'Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?' Metric just released their fifth full-length record, 'Synthetica,' in June to widespread acclaim. Diffuser.fm sat down with bassist Joshua Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key before their set at this year's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago to chat about their new album and their take on how the music industry has evolved -- and why they admire Justin Bieber.
The future might sound like this. That is, if the future is dystopian punk rock -- especially if tomorrow holds the peculiar strain of 'Blade Runner' beatdowns that Metric purvey so expertly. They’re at their highest point yet in fifth studio album ‘Synthetica,’ a multi-genre meld of post punk, electro pop, and points in between.
Metric singer Emily Haines told Diffuser.fm that her band's latest single, 'Youth Without Youth,' was inspired by the idea of a troubled teenager on meth, but you won't find anything quite that dark in the new music video for the song. The clip features Haines and her bandmates performing the song in a plain studio, with a few abstract artsy shots thrown in.