Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Metric 

Live It Out

Wednesday, Oct 5 2005
Comments
I wonder what Metric (and sometimes Broken Social Scene) frontwoman Emily Haines was like in high school. Like most emerging indie rock icons, she was probably socially awkward, the only sort of pre-adult state of mind that allows for a future of musical talent (no dates = more time alone with a guitar and a notebook full of lyrics), but you'd never know it from listening to Live It Out. The Haines we hear on Metric's latest record sounds like an undercover FBI agent posing as the most popular girl in school, an unattainable combination of brains, danger, looks, and sensuality. This is the girl we hear taking command of these 10 tracks, a bolder, more riff-oriented collection of songs than 2003's Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? All of the surf-punk rhythms and distorted guitars are still here, but they're more ferocious this time around, seemingly provided as the score to car chases in big black convertible Cadillacs with guns blazing. It's over these indie-punk frenzies that Haines' blend of femininity and muscle makes it easy for us to imagine her simultaneously kicking butt and breaking hearts in two, even back in high school.

About The Author

Abigail Clouseau

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"