1.Kate Bush once said that music gives her the freedom to
be who she wants to be. Is this the same for you?
Yeah, its interestingly put I dont know that
I would phrase it in the exact same way, but I do think that it is who
I want to be. So its not like music is allowing me to do something,
its what I have always done and its who Ive always
2.What for you, have been some of the landmark songs in the history
of popular music?
I think Across The Universe by The Beatles, when I was like 11-years-old,
sort of changed my perspective on things. Maybe Babylon Sisters, which
is the first track on Gaucho by Steely Dan, and theres got to
be some Smiths tune in there somewhere (thinking), probably This Charming
3.Is there a track that you consider to be A Perfect Pop Song?
I mean, they kind of come in and out right? Its like there
are moments of feeling that about a song and then it goes away, but
in the last couple of months, I felt like the song, Re: Stacks by Bon
Iver, was pretty close to a pure emotion it was pretty amazing!
I feel like The Rolling Stones Sweet Virginia is a pretty awesome
pop tune as well!
4.Of all your songs to date, which one has been your favourite to make
from start to finish?
Um, there are certain processes and its not necessarily
that I think that the song is the best thing weve ever done, but
there are certain processes that I really enjoy, like for example, Front
Row, on this record. We had spent the entire night in the studio doing
everything that we needed to do, and then at like 11.30pm, Emily went,
Oh, Ive got this song that I kind of wrote the other day.
And the whole thing literally came to fruition in about 20 minutes
it was written and tracked in its entirety, in 20 minutes! So before
we left the studio, we said, We dont even know what that
song really sounds like lets hear it again (laughing),
because it was so fresh! But that was cool (smiling).
5.Prior to the release of your new album, fans were able to pre-order
a number of different and beautiful limited edition versions through
your Official Website. But are you yourself an avid record collector
and do you have any favourite collectibles?
Im not really a record collector I never really have
been. I mean, I have a massive iTunes catalogue, but Ive never
actually done the collecting records thing, like sifting through record
shops. Thats never really been me.
6.Would Metric ever consider releasing an acoustic, rarities or remix
LP, perhaps as a companion piece?
Yeah, I think so, but I think were more tempted to go on
the side of the acoustic stuff, because it still feels like its
us. I think this band in particular, is a little bewildered by the concept
of remixes. I understand that the world loves them and the world needs
them and everybodys into them its all cool and I
have nothing against it. But, I just find it a little hard to understand.
You know, its the song but its not the song, its you
but its not you I get a little confused by remixes.
7.Are there any records that you would like to see dissected track-by-track
as part of the Classic Albums TV Series, whereby musicians,
producers, engineers etc. talk in detail about the making of an LP now
considered to be a masterpiece?
Well, you know what (excitedly), Ive been in a studio in
my life where they had the raw tracks to all of the Queen records! We
brought them up in Pro Tools and you could solo Freddie Mercurys
vocal tracks! That absolutely blew my mind (big smile), like, it BLEW
MY MIND! It was incredible, so that was kind of a highlight.
8.On a similar note, there was a recent debate about what the darkest
and most uplifting albums ever recorded are. But whats the darkest
album and the most uplifting album in your record collection?
Closer by Joy Division, is a really great dark album, thats
for sure! In terms of an up album or a light album, I dont know?
I feel like it would probably be a pop record, like Thriller or something,
you know what I mean? Thrillers a pretty up record you
dont put that on and cry about anything (laughing). I dont
know? Thats a tough question.
9.HMV has been running a My Inspiration advertisement
campaign, which features photographs of musicians and groups, along
with an act / lyric that means a lot to them personally. But if Metric
were asked to appear, which artist or band + lyric of theirs would you
Which artist or band and which lyric? Oh God (long pause + thinking)
For me, it would probably be David Bowie and it would be something off
Ziggy Stardust, but I dont know what lyric it would be. Im
going to come back to that one, Ill see if I can muster it up.
10.Throughout the history of music, there have been people who are
Born To Be Rock Stars and then are the Unlikely Rock
Stars. But which musicians would you place into either of these
categories and also, where would you place Metric?
I think were definitely born to be doing what were
doing you know? I think that the age of the full-on rock stars is possibly
over, and I think that the idea that you can be very, very successful
(pausing), I mean for example, Jonny Greenwood in my opinion
now that were in Oxford is as big a rock star as you can
get at this point. But at the same time, hes not a rock star you
know? Hes a man, hes a musician. I think that its
kind of cool that you dont have to be that character anymore
the world is sort of a little more accepting of someone whos just
11.February 2, 2009, marked the 30th Anniversary of Sid Vicious
death, although an NME.COM Blog entitled, Why The Sanctification
Of Sid Vicious Must Be Stopped, argued that he doesnt deserve
to be thought of as an icon, due to the troubled life he led. What are
your feelings on the canonising / romanticising of tortured musicians,
and the live fast, die young ethos often associated with
rock n roll?
Well, it is glamorised, but at the same time, the whole point
of rock n roll in a sense outside of the music itself
is the idea that someone is going to live out a dream or a fantasy
for you. You dont have to live fast, die young because
someone else is going to do it for you you can live vicariously
through these people. So its up to the likes of a Sid Vicious
or a Jonny Greenwood, if they want to live fast, die young
you know? Its completely up to them and for me, no-one should
really tell anybody how to live. Sid Vicious probably lived the way
he wanted to and anything that happens thats not the perfect way
of doing things, is probably going to get romanticised by a lot of people,
because they dont have the balls to do it you know (laughing)?
So, I dont think we need to pass any sort of retroactive, moral
judgement on people who died at 27, having lived a crazy, crazy life.
I think its all good.
12.Do you think its a good thing how the record label, Rough
Trade, actively encourages young musicians to send demos to them?
I think thats the best thing and its a shame that
all labels dont do that thats how you discover bands!
Because a lot of labels dont have the time to look at every single
artist or band on the Internet, or go to every single show, so how else
are they going to do it?
13.Has Metric surpassed your expectations, and what have been some
of the standout moments in your career so far?
I think its kind of like everytime we meet expectations
in our lives, in our music and in our career, the expectation grows,
and then we have to try and take time to grow to meet that and then
it grows again. So, Id say that weve probably met our expectations
a few times. Are we meeting it today? No, because it will happen soon
you know? But weve had some amazing moments, like opening for
The Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden was pretty massive, and
playing after Sonic Youth at a Festival in a castle in France was amazing!
Theres definitely been some highlights (big smile)!
14.And during this time, have you ever Googled Metric?
I try my best not to read reviews, because it seems like its
really light-hearted, like someone sends you something and you just
check it out, and then it sticks with you in a really awkward and unnecessary
15.Many music magazines now feature a guest columnist discussing
a topic of their choice, but if you were asked to contribute an article
on a subject that interests you, what would you write about?
I would ask, How Important Is It To Know Your Neighbour?
Because I find that if you know your neighbours, your life is completely
different, but I think that a lot of people dont see the value
*I mention that in the UK, theres already a Get To Know
Your Neighbour style Government Campaign*
Really? Huh, thats cool!
16.In reference to the title of your new album, do you have any unfulfilled
Id love to own a spaceship (laughing)! Joking aside, we
feel that the title can be interpreted in a number of different ways,
such as what your own personal fantasies are, or even the way you view
the world around you.
17.Have you ever had a favourite DJ, and do you think there will
ever be another important / influential DJ like John Peel?
I never really have had that, like in Canada, I find radio is
a lot less influential than it is over here. In England I mean
John Peel is a great example there have been really influential
DJs and people who have sort of changed the way people listen to music;
what they listen to and whats cool and whats happening.
But I dont find that its really the same in North America,
or at least not that I was ever exposed to you know? In fact, my favourite
DJ is my best friend Kevin, because he plays me AMAZING records all
the time (smiling)!
18.Wheres the most unusual place that youve ever heard
a Metric song?
I think I was in a department store somewhere, and you know how
the first floor always has perfume counters? I was walking through there
and I heard a Metric song, and the combination of the sound and the
smell really through me off I had to get out of there (laughing).
19.If a Metric Tribute Album was recorded, which artists
/ bands would you most like to see cover some of your songs?
Oh My God, I dont know (long pause + thinking)? Id
love to hear what Animal Collective would do with a Metric song
that would be really cool! Because it would sound completely different
and it would be so exciting to see where they would take it. Yeah, totally!
20.And if theres ever a Metric Tribute Band, what
do you think they should call themselves?
(laughs heartily) Regardless of what I said, they would probably
be called The Matrix. How about the band that I would like it to be
the most? That would be Keanu Reeves band, whatever theyre
called Dogstar, I think? They should be called The Matrix. Perfect!
21.Fans almost always shout out song requests at gigs, but of all
your songs, which is the most requested + are there any cover versions
that you often play during soundchecks?
Um, well people yell out for songs from Grow Up And Blow Away
all the time, like Raw Sugar and stuff like that, because weve
never played them! So, I think thats why they yell them out. The
ones that they could yell out, they know were going to play anyway,
so they dont bother you know? In soundchecks, Emily and I do a
couple of covers, like just acoustically we play Dont Think
Twice, Its All Right by Bob Dylan, and whats that Elliot
Smith tune (thinking)? Between The Bars. We also played one Elvis Costello
tune once as a full band, and I think we played The Passenger by Iggy
Pop once, on a French TV station or something like that.
22.Do you see many familiar faces in the audience when touring around
I feel like I used to see more, because the crowds were consistently
the same size. But in the last couple of years, the crowds have grown
quite a bit, so I think Im starting to not see the same ones anymore
maybe theyre just further back in the room (laughs heartily)!
I dont know?
23.NME TV recently screened The Top 10 Bands You Need To See
Before You Die with the Top 3 being: 1) Muse, 2) Kings
Of Leon, 3) Oasis. But who would be in your Top 3?
Lets see, I mean Radiohead are a phenomenal live band for
me. I like Interpol theyre kind of boring live, but I just
love their songs and I think that theyve got a great energy and
a great vibe on stage, its really stoic and awesome! And Im
kind of in the band, but a Broken Social Scene concert when theres
like 25 people on stage, is one of the craziest sights ever! So Id
say those would be in my Top 3: 1) Radiohead, 2) Interpol, 3) Broken
24.Much has been made about the future of The Music Industry, but
for you personally, what do you think would be the best thing that could
I think the more that the musicians can take back the Industry,
and the more that the people who have actually made a way of making
a career out of being a middleman between the listener and the
musician the more they can go away and stop controlling the Industry
from a place in the middle. Then, I feel the most important thing that
could possibly happen, is that the musician feels empowered to do what
they want with their career, and theyre not listening to businessmen
telling them what to do.
25.Whats the biggest lesson that your career has taught you?
I think its that lesson yeah, its that lesson
actually! Im the one whos completely in control and everybody
who told me what to do with my career, when I knew they were wrong,
Ive got them out of my career. And now we own our own label worldwide,
we release all of our records, we pay for everything on our own, the
return is five times bigger, and we dont have to deal with people
telling us what to do from an office in another country you know? We
run the show and it feels great (big smile)!
26.Is it important to you all, to keep challenging both yourselves and
Yes, it is important to challenge ourselves and I think we challenge
our audience to stay young to stay young at heart in a way. To
be alive and know that you can do whatever you want to with your life,
and that the only way to change the world, is to do something about
27.If you were asked to put together a TV show in a similar vein to
Storytellers whereby 5 musicians play songs together,
talk about their music / respective careers, jam and tell anecdotes
etc. Who would you ask to appear?
I think I would have Keith Richards, Brian May, Jack White and
who else would I choose (thinking)? Jonny Greenwood and
28.Lastly, chips or cream buns?
Chips, as in French Fries? French Fries totally! I couldnt
live without French Fries (smiling)!
A very special thanks to Jimmy, to Metrics
Tour Manager Lana, and to Warren @ Chuff Media, for all of their time
Oxford Set List
Help I'm Alive
Gold Guns Girls
Empty (long version)
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Live It Out (slow version)
After All Of This Is Gone
Who Would You Rather Be
The Beatles Or The Rolling Stones