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'Guitars are back in force' on new Metric album; watch 'Dark Saturday' video now

By
Melody Lau

On Metric's new album, the band wants to give fans a sonic heads up: "Our guitars are back in force."

The Toronto band announced today that their seventh yet-to-be-titled full-length album will come out on Sept. 21, and CBC Music is excited to premiere the music video for lead single, "Dark Saturday."

The single, which was released last week, is described by lead singer Emily Haines as "a dystopian nightlife scene of gaudy wealth where oblivious party girls say nauseating things like, 'I'm so rich everything's free.'" It's a track that very much positions guitarist Jimmy Shaw front and centre before it swoops into an anthemic chorus — both signatures of the band throughout the years.

The black-and-white video for "Dark Saturday" was directed by Justin Broadbent and depicts the four band members' different perspectives over the span of one evening, as they get ready to go out, roam the streets and hang out at bars and restaurants. It was entirely shot on an iPhone X, which Broadbent says "would be a good way to immediately connect a visual style to the authentic feeling of this record."

While information about the upcoming album is scarce so far, we do know that the band teamed with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, M83, Nine Inch Nails) this time around. This will be the first time in three records that Shaw won't be producing. "He really saw every band member eye to eye and was able to capture what we each do best," Shaw says in a press release, of Meldal-Johnsen's contribution. "It was something I realized I couldn't do at this stage, having been in the band for so long. We were finally able to focus on just playing again, as we did at the start. Making this album brought us together in a way we hadn't been for quite some time and I think you can hear it in the music."

Fans can pre-order the album now on Metric's website. This summer, the band will hit the road with the Smashing Pumpkins.

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