“Whether the attitude is deeply cynical or brightly optimistic, the Canadian band Metric keeps its songs neat, succinct and tuneful on its sixth album, “Pagans in Vegas,” making the lessons of 1980s new wave sound current.” —The New York Times

“…[Emily Haines] can convey a world of torment with the phrasing of a single word. It’s the kind of voice that’s equally effective in vaguely melancholy club bangers and crushingly melancholy chamber-pop ballads. Metric’s newest material rests squarely in the former camp, and even goes so far as to throw open a window and let a glimmer of hope shine in.” —NPR Music

“The record completes Metric’s decade-long move from taut, testy indie rock towards a synthier, dreamier sound.” —Rolling Stone

“ …[On ‘The Shade’] the normally cryptic frontwoman Emily Haines sings with unusual frankness about falling in love under the stars and holding hands by the moonlit sea.” —TIME

“Emily Haines and company split the difference between rock and pop here.” —New York Magazine

“…[On ‘Too Bad, So Sad’] The Downward Spiral-era synths give way to Emily Haines singing the title in a voice dripping with sarcasm, while lean, mean guitar riffs slither underneath.” —SPIN

“[The Shade”] ebullient, synthy rocker straight from Metric’s creative sweet spot, paired with some appropriately uplifting lyrics” —Billboard

Pagans In Vegas…is the sort of intelligent pop that you wish the radio would always play.” —Relix

“Over the course of six albums, Canadian foursome Metric has evolved into a heavy hitting contender in modern rock.” —Mix Magazine

Metric’s new album Pagans in Vegas is in stores now. After spending a full summer touring the U.S. as the special guests of Imagine Dragons and a set at Made in America, Metric will play several festivals this fall—Life Is BeautifulVoodoo Festand Music Midtown before heading out for a full European tour in October. Back in North America, the band will embark on The Topaz Tour in November with the first dates on sale now. See full tour dates below.

To celebrate the release, the band will be hosting an intimate performance at theDanforth Music Hall in their hometown of Toronto on September 24. Tickets will go on sale September 21 at 10 a.m. from the band’s website. The first 100 fans who arrive wearing animal masks will get in for free. Additionally, the band is holding back several hundred VIP tickets to give away to fans via social media and their app, the Pagan Portal. The band also released a mock infomercial HERE. Fans discovered the toll-free number is actually a real, esoteric hotline for dedicated listeners to navigate the past and future of Metric’s music at 1-844-66-METRIC. In response to feedback overseas fans disappointed that they could not access the hotline in their country, the band has also unveiled an online version of the experience at

Pagans in Vegas will be the first of two albums that were born out of Metric’s time spent writing in 2014—guitarist/producer Jimmy Shaw at his studio in Toronto, delving into his wall of modular synthesizers, and front woman Emily Haines with acoustic instruments in Nicaragua and Spain. This period of writing yielded an unprecedented amount of material across two major musical veins and when the band realized they had composed enough music for two very different albums, they decided to let each collection of songs stand on their own. As Pagans reveals itself to be much more electronic and dancey than anything in Metric’s past, the as-yet-unnamed follow up LP promises to be quite the opposite.

The new album is packed with reverent references to artists who’ve inspired them, from Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure and Underworld, all the way back to Kraftwerk. “The songs that made it onto Pagans in Vegas weren’t written with an overarching concept in mind,” says Shaw, “with this record we were making music for the joy of it…we tried to be as bold as possible. All we want is to feel like all we got didn’t cost us everything, even if we never win.”

Metric—Haines, Shaw, Joules Scott Key and Joshua Winstead—self-released their last two albums on five continents and have gone on to sell millions of records worldwide. In 2009, Metric became the first band in history to have their first ever Top 20 hit at U.S. commercial radio without the backing of a traditional label. Their most recent releases earned multiple Juno Awards including two for Album of the Year, one for Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year for Shaw, who has co-produced the band’s last two albums with Grammy nominated John O’Mahony (Coldplay, Sarah Bareilles).

Metric has seen their music featured in a number of top TV shows including: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “CSI,” “True Blood,” “Vampire Diaries,” “House” and “Girls.” They also wrote the theme song/score music for several Hollywood films including Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs The World, David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Their work with acclaimed composer Howard Shore on The Twilight Saga was nominated for both a Grammy Award and an Academy Award. Metric also won a Canadian Screen Award (with Howard Shore) in 2013 forCosmopolis.

For more information, please contact Samantha Tillman or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.


September 18 /// Music Midtown /// Atlanta, GA
September 24 /// Danforth Music Hall /// Toronto, CA
September 26 /// Life Is Beautiful Festival /// Las Vegas, NV
October 30 /// Voodoo Festival /// New Orleans, LA
November 1 /// House of Blues /// Orlando, FL
November 2 /// Fillmore /// Miami, FL
November 12 /// Escena /// Monterrey, MX
November 14 /// El Plaza Condensa /// Mexico City, MX
November 17 /// Cain’s Ballroom /// Tulsa, OK
November 18 /// Marathon Music Works /// Nashville, TN
November 19 /// Minglewood Hall /// Memphis, TN
November 20 /// Bomb Factory /// Dallas, TX
November 21 /// Untapped Festival /// San Antonio, TX
Nov 21-22 /// Whatever Festival /// Houston, TX
December 3 /// Snow Show /// Minneapolis, MN

1. Lie Lie Lie
2. Fortunes
3. The Shade
4. Celebrate
5. Cascades
6. For Kicks
7. Too Bad, So Sad
8. The Other Side
9. Blind Valentine
10. The Governess
11. The Face Part I
12. The Face Part II