Old Metric – “Hardwire”

Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw’s first official release came with 2003’s Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?, though that wasn’t their first full-length studio effort. As a two-piece in ’99, before adding their taut live rhythm section, Metric had an even slinkier, electro vibe, recordeding their true debut Grow Up And Blow Away for Restless Records. Before it saw the shops, though, Restless was acquired by Rykodisc, and in a common label-merger casualty, Metric’s record was shelved. A few years on, Metric morphed into a quartet and figured Old World better reflected the band’s vibe.

We love happy endings of all sorts, and this story comes to one this June, when Last Gang Records (who acquired the rights to Grow Up…) releases Metric’s first studio effort with all the requisite pomp and circumstance. And that includes this taste from the record; no, “Hardwire” won’t be new for hardcore Metric lovers, but for those that know the band as merely a Broken Social Scene tributary, it’s quite choice.

Grow Up And Blow Away is out on 6/12 on iTunes and 6/28 in the physical realm, via Last Gang Records. Photoshop out Feist’s face and add Jimmy Shaw, and you have Metric circa ’99. Or, ya know, don’t.

[Photo by Dom Tunon for Vice]