METRIC: THE TOPAZ TOUR

METRIC: THE TOPAZ TOUR

Sarah Jaffe, Hibou

Fri, November 20, 2015

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$32.00 - $35.00

This event is all ages

METRIC
METRIC
Metric are a Canadian rock band founded in 1998 in Toronto.

The band consists of Emily Haines (lead vocals, synthesizers, guitar, tambourine, harmonica, piano), James Shaw (guitar, synthesizers, theremin, backing vocals), Joshua Winstead (bass, synthesizers, backing vocals) and Joules Scott-Key (drums, percussion). The band started in 1998 as a duo formed by Haines and Shaw with the name "Mainstream". After releasing an EP titled Mainstream EP, they changed the band's name to Metric, after a sound that was programmed by Shaw on his keyboard. In 2001, Winstead and Scott-Key joined them.

Their first official studio album, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?, was released on September 2, 2003. It was followed by Live It Out, released on October 4, 2005. The album was nominated for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize for the "Canadian Album of the Year" and for the 2006 Juno Awards for "Best Alternative Album". Their third studio album, Grow Up and Blow Away, was recorded in 2001 and it was initially planned as their debut album. The album was delayed for many years and it was finally released on June 26, 2007, with some changes to the track list. Some songs were also slightly reworked.
Metric's fourth album Fantasies was released on April 7, 2009.

It was shortlisted for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for "Canadian Album of the Year", and won the "Alternative Album of the Year" at the 2010 Juno Awards. Metric won as well in 2010 "Group of the Year". The fifth Metric studio album, Synthetica, was released on June 12, 2012. The band won two awards at 2013 Juno Awards: "Alternative Album of the Year" for Synthetica and "Producer of the Year" for James Shaw. The art director/designer/photographer Justin Broadbent also won an award for "Recording Package of the Year" for Synthetica. Metric's sixth album, Pagans in Vegas, was released on September 18, 2015.
Sarah Jaffe
Sarah Jaffe
Sarah Jaffe started work on "The Body Wins" the day she bought a bass and a drum set at a pawnshop. That day. She wrote the rhythmic "A Sucker For Your Marketing," and her second full-length began to take shape. It had been building up inside her; she just didn't have an outlet. Jaffe had been writing songs on her acoustic guitar since she was a teenager. She knew everything she could do on it, and everything she couldn't do. It wasn't a creative tool for her anymore. It was a fork or a spoon.

When Jaffe started playing guitar, everything was a discovery. Every chord she played, she thought she had made it up. Not knowing how to play bass or drums, but forcing herself to try, brought that back to her. And so there was "A Sucker For Your Marketing," a song she may not have been able to write before, but needed to. Maybe not that song, exactly, but Jaffe had pent-up creative energy inside her, after spending most of the year traveling and touring behind her debut ("Suburban Nature"), seeing and feeling things, soaking up the world.

Plus, there was a side to Jaffe that didn't exist on "Suburban Nature," the part of her that liked to dance and listen to hip-hop and cover Robyn songs live. That's not to say "The Body Wins" is a party record. It isn't. But it has a pulse to it, more than a heartbeat, not quite a breakbeat. "Glorified High," the first single, perfectly captures that, the energy she'd built up and the energy that had always been there, with a chorus that smacks you in the chest and lingers like a hug.

It would be nice to say that, after that first day of writing on bass and drums, everything fell into place quite easily. Maybe in the movie biopic version it would. But when Jaffe entered the studio with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, The Walkmen), who had worked with her on "Suburban Nature," she'd only completed a handful of songs, and bits and pieces of a few others. Congleton told her to send everything she had, "even the stuff you're embarrassed about." So she did.

"John is clearly a master at what he does," Jaffe says. "But, to me, his true genius is the fact that he knows when something is good, and knows when something can be great when you think it's absolute rubbish. I can imagine when you work with as many artists as John has worked with you inherently become a psychological handyman. He didn't baby me when I had my freakouts about not having enough songs. He simply said, go home and write. And I would. Or when Robert [Gomez] or Scott [Danbom] were laying down their instrumentals, I would go in the room next door and quickly finish a song, or write a part. Just being around all that creative energy, it was a thrilling pressure. And it worked well with me."

Going in, Jaffe also knew she wanted to work with her friend Fiona Brice, an orchestral arranger, composer, and violinist who tours with Placebo. Along with the playing of Jaffe's crack backing band (featuring members of Midlake and Centro-matic, among others), Brice's touch to Jaffe's songs adds a rich, lushness that makes every song sound huge, even the quieter ones. It permeates everything, like the sort of set decoration Wes Anderson uses, present even when it's not.

"The Body Wins" may sound different to those introduced to Jaffe through "Suburban Nature." It should. But it's not by any grand design to change. It's where she's at now, a product of everywhere she's been since "Suburban Nature" -- literally and figuratively -- and a hint of everywhere she might go from here.
Hibou
The idea of "home" plays a prominent theme in the short history of Peter Michel and his Seattle-based band Hibou. "I actually recorded half of the new album at my parents' home," says the 21-year-old about Hibou's debut full-length release. "There are moments on the record where you hear my dad cooking or hammering," he adds. The self-titled debut LP features 11 songs (including four new versions of songs previously released as the Dunes EP) and is a lush, driving mix of '80s inspired pop, fueled by twisting reverbed-out guitar melodies, elegant arrangements, and a love of soda, summertime nostalgia, and trips to Peter's inspirational point in Seattle: the fittingly-named Discovery Park. "I've written a ton of the melodies for the band there," he says. "It's my favorite place in the world."
Venue Information:
The Bomb Factory
2713 Canton Street
Dallas, TX, 75226
http://thebombfactory.com