Metric, to mix a metaphor or two, are taking a well-deserved victory lap before coming back out for an encore. The sleek Canadian synth-rockers’ Essential album Synthetica came out way back in June, when our reviewer Josh Modell described sharp-edged anthem “Breathing Underwater” as “like the ass-kicking younger sister of ‘With or Without You.'” Now the potential hit has a fittingly triumphant yet wistful video, centered around high-quality footage from Metric’s acclaimed summer tour, featuring a lot of frontwoman Emily Haines cavorting in an excellent Margiela leather jacket.
Haines and company aren’t stopping at a video, though. They’ve also shared audio streams for three versions of the song: the original album track, the bonus Synthetica Reflections track, and an acoustic rendition. The acoustic track will be one of five bonus acoustic offerings on Synthetica Deluxe, which will come out digitally November 20 and physically December 4. Also included will be a cover of Tom Waits’ “Strange Weather,” a version of Synthetica single “Youth Without Youth,” another rendition of the Synthetica title track, and an alternate take on “Gimme Sympathy,” from Metric’s prior Fantasies LP.
Metric are also selling all items in the band’s online store at a 15 percent discount with the promo code “SYNTHETICA.” And the group has added a handful of U.S. shows after its current Canadian arena tour. Check out the dates below.
Metric 2012 tour:
November 14 — Calgary, AB @ Stampede Corral
November 15 — Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
November 16 — Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
November 17 — Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
November 19 — London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
November 21 — Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
November 22 — Quebec City, QC @ Colisee Pepsi
November 23 — Kingston, ON @ K-Rock Centre
November 24 — Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
December 3 — Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
December 4 — Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
December 7 — Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
December 8 — San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
December 9 — Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater
December 10 — Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
December 13 — Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater