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LAist Band Interview: Metric

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Metric is a band that breaks the mold. They regularly pull off the difficult task of creating edgy, satirical songs like "Combat Baby," Monster Hospital" and "Glass Ceiling" that are catchy and politically charged. The fact that they can pull off this balancing act is a credit to the band's relentless goal to stay true to the music. As guitarist Jimmy Shaw states in this interview, the band is never satisfied with their own work.

Their recent effort, "Live It Out," is no exception. Emily Haines' voice moves between a whisper and a wail one "Empty" as she proclaims: "I'm so glad that I'm an island now / Sickness was fixing me some / Coughed out my heart in the last stall / Now that the damage is done / I never miss it at all." Unapologetic lyrics like this restore our faith in rock.

Metric are: Emily Haines (vocals/synths), Jimmy Shaw (guitar), Josh Winstead (bass) and Joules Scott-Key (drums).

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The band just wrapped up a series of dates in San Francisco, LA and San Diego. In the midst of this tour, Jimmy Shaw took time out of his schedule to talk to LAist. Continue reading to see what makes the band tick.