[[caption-width-right:280:Left to right: Joules Scott-Key, Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw, Joshua Winstead]]

->''"Have I ever really helped anybody but myself,''\\
''To believe in the power of songs''\\
''To believe in the power of girls"''
-->--'''Metric''', "Dreams So Real"

Metric is a [[CanadaEh Canadian]] indie band founded in 1998 in UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}, consisting of vocalist [[MsFanservice Emily Haines]] (who also plays the synthesizer and guitar), guitarist James Shaw (who also plays the synthesizer and theremin), bassist Josh Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key.

The band (originally comprised of Haines, the daughter of British poet Paul Haines, and Shaw, a Julliard-trained guitarist who she met in Toronto) formed in 1998 under the name Mainstream, and released an EP that was electronica-based. In the fall of that year, Haines and Shaw moved to [[BigApplesauce New York]] to work on new material, renaming the group Metric as a result. During this time, they also released their first official LP, ''Grow Up And Blow Away'' in 2001. Later that year, the group brought on Scott-Key (a native of Flint, Michigan who was studying at the University of Texas) and his friend Winstead, who both performed music and met the duo during a trip to New York. With the new lineup, Metric released their first full-length album, ''Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?'', in 2003 and earned a Juno Award nomination for Best Alternative Album. Their follow-up CD, ''Live It Out'', was released in 2005 and was nominated for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize for the Canadian Album of The Year and the Juno Award nomination for Best Alternative Album. Their next album, ''Fantasies'', was nominated for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for Canadian Album of the Year, and won Alternative Album of the Year at the 2010 Juno Awards. 2012 saw the release of their fifth full-length, "Synthetica".

The band is known for a heavy mix of fast-paced NewWaveMusic/electropop music, which became their signature sound. In addition to her work with the band, Haines has performed with various indie bands, including Music/BrokenSocialScene (with Shaw), Stars (she sang the female part of "Going, Going, Gone" which was recorded before Amy Millan joined the band), KC Accidental and The Stills, and has also recorded two solo albums (under Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton), ''Knives Don't Have Your Back'' and ''What Is Free to a Good Home?'' The other band members have also branched into side projects.

* Studio Albums
** ''Grow Up and Blow Away (EP)'' (2001, re-released in 2007)
** ''Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?'' (2003)
** ''Live It Out'' (2005)
** ''Fantasies'' (2009)
** ''Synthetica'' (2012)
** ''Pagans in Vegas'' (2015)

* Extended Plays
** ''Mainstream (EP)'' (1998)
** ''Static Anonymity (EP)'' (2001)
** ''Plug In Plug Out (EP)'' (2009)

They have also contributed music to the following films:

* ''Clean'' (2004) - "Dead Disco"
* ''Tormented'' (2009) - "Monster Hospital"
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpiesTheMovie'' (2009) - "Gold Guns Girls"
* ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' (2009) - "Gold Guns Girls", "Help I'm Alive"
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' (2010) - "Black Sheep"
* ''[[{{Literature/Twilight}} Eclipse]]'' (2011) - "Eclipse (All Yours)"
* ''Film/{{Cosmopolis}}'' (2012)

!!Associated Tropes:

* AlbumTitleDrop: The opening of "I.O.U.", which directly references the album title of the same name - "Old world underground, where are you now?" ''Fantasies'' also has one in the song "Sick Muse": "All the blondes are fantasies..."
** TitleTrack: "Live It Out", "Grow Up and Blow Away", "Synthetica". Oddly, ''Fantasies'' doesn't have one, nor does ''Pagans in Vegas''.
* BrokenRecord: "Hustle Rose" has the line "Now that your wallet is all lit up". Repeated nine times in a row in the LyricalColdOpen and a further six times two minutes into the song.
** "Lie Lie Lie"'s second verse has every second line go "Rage against the dying of the light" in a ShoutOut to Creator/DylanThomas.
** "Empty" has a lot of this too: "I'm so glad that I'm an island, I'm so glad that I'm an island..."
* BreakupSong: "Wet Blanket".
* TheCameo: Haines briefly appears in K-Os' "Man I Used To Be", The Stills' "Love And Death" and Julian Plenti's "Games For Days" music videos.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Although the band acknowledges they were originally called Mainstream, the EP of the same name has never been re-released, and none of the songs appeared on either of the EP's released three years later.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The video for "Monster Hospital", with a SplashOfColor in the form of red blood. (Also has BookEnds in color.)
* DressRehearsalVideo: "Gimme Sympathy" has Haines walking to a band rehearsal and (along with the band) suddenly changing outfits and seating placements as the camera continually spins around 360 degrees.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The "Mainstream" EP had little to none of the signature sound the group would codify on "Static Anonymity" and "Old World Underground", was much more downtempo and electronica-based, and didn't have supporting bandmates Joules Scott-Key and Joshua Winstead (they hadn't joined the band yet).
** Even for recent fans, it can come off very jarring to watch the music video for "I.O.U." and see a band performing in something that looks like it had a budget of $20, Haines (who has very short ''brunette'' hair, as opposed to her later blonde hairstyle) sitting at her piano for most of the video, and her dancing coming off like someone who's having a seizure.
* FaceOnTheCover: Prominently on ''Old World Underground''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[JizzedInMyPants "Coming in your pants/On the off chance..."]]
* GratuitousFrench: "Poster of a Girl". Possibly because EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench.
-->"Et de ne jamais le trouver
-->[[SubvertedTrope Coming in your pants]]
-->Qui ne pense qu'à coucher avec une"
* GratuitousPanning: "Ending Start".
* {{Instrumentals}}: "The Face", both Parts I and II
* IronicEpisodeTitle: ''Mainstream EP'', a debut album by a then-unknown indie band which is impossible to find in stores.
* LargeHam: Not often, but Emily does really ham it up on some songs.
-->"[[PunctuatedForEmphasis NO. ONE'S. GET-TING. OUT!]] ''OOOO-OO-oo-OOO'' WITHOUT STAAAAADIUM LOVE!"
* LongRunnerLineup: Type 2. Since the addition of Winstead and Scott-Key in 2001, there have been no lineup changes in the band.
* LongTitle: ''Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?''.
* LyricalDissonance: "I.O.U." features a rocking piano/guitar combo, starts out with some interesting lyrics about living life to the fullest...then transitions into a rant about child soldiers wishing falling bombs were shooting stars, all while the same kickass beat drives the song.
** "Too Little Too Late". Emily sings [[ElectrifiedBathtub "You can take a live wire into the bath with you.."]] over gently strumming guitar.
* MessyHair
* MinimalisticCoverArt: The cover of ''Fantasies'' is... a lightbulb.
* MoneySong: "Gold Guns Girls" is an inversion.
* MsFanservice: Interestingly inverted. When the band first came to prominence, Haines was known for wearing skinny short skirts and frantic, hip-shaking dancing (which was a staple of their early music videos). As time progressed, however, she dropped the dancing and settled on more conventional attire.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Live It Out'' dialed back the synthesizers and focused on heavy bass and guitar work, partially splintering the group's fanbase. ''Fantasies'' returned to the fusion of synthesizer-guitar that was prevalent on ''Old World Underground''. ''Synthetica'' and ''Pagans in Vegas'' are decidedly more electronic than their predecessors.
* NiceHat: James and sometimes Josh, though Emily also dons one in the "Synthetica" video.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Torture Me".
** The video for "Poster of a Girl" also invokes bondage imagery, with Haines wrapping her hands in white strips of fabric and simulating being tied up, and wearing a blindfold.
* ObsessionSong: "Poster of a Girl", which depending on your interpretation, is either Haines obsessing over random sexual encounters or her reaction to someone who's infatuated with her.
* OutOfGenreExperience: The rare occasions when they've done a few acoustic songs before. The deluxe edition of ''Fantasies'' has several, including a cover of Music/NeilYoung's "Sugar Mountain".
* PantyShot: "Poster of a Girl"
* PerformanceVideo: A staple of the band's work, most videos just have the band performing in front of various backgrounds, or (in the case of "The List") the events leading up to a live performance.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Artificial Nocturne" from ''Synthetica'' and "Satellite Mind" from ''Fantasies'' are each the only song from their respective albums to contain profanity. The former is especially notable since it's the opening track on the album and the first of the two F-words is in the ''opening line''.
* ProtestSong: "Succexy" is a veiled call to arms against the glamorization of the U.S. War on Terror.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: ''Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?'' is one long rant at the U.S. government's occupation of Iraq in 2002-2003. Several of the music videos (Combat Baby, Succexy) invoke anti-war imagery, and several of the songs (I.O.U. and others) reference child soldiers and anti-war sentiments.
* SanitySlippageSong: "Monster Hospital" and the accompanying music video.
* ShoutOut: "The List" features the lyric "Broken accidental stars," a reference to Music/BrokenSocialScene, KC Accidental and Stars (three Canadian indie bands Haines has performed with).
** "Twilight Galaxy" has a possible shout out to Music/{{IAMX}} in the line 'There's no glitter in the gutter/there's no twilight galaxy', as "There's glitter in the gutter" is one of the lines in IAMX's song "Skin Vision".
** [[IFoughtTheLawAndTheLawWon "I fought the war, but the war won..."]]
** The arms coming out of the walls in the video for "Monster Hospital" are a reference to the Creator/RomanPolanski film ''Film/{{Repulsion}}''.
* SongOfSongTitles: "Gimme Sympathy" invokes Music/TheRollingStones' "Gimme Shelter" and "Sympathy For The Devil", and the lyrics reference "Here Comes The Sun" by Music/TheBeatles.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Some have compared Emily Haines to {{Garbage}}'s Shirley Manson.
* SpokenWordInMusic: The verses in "Rock Me Now" are narrated by Emily in this manner, while James sings the chorus.
* SurrealMusicVideo: "Dead Disco" has the band playing in a studio with psychedelic imagery overlaid in the background - and Haines' [[{{Fanservice}} gyrating hips]].
** "Monster Hospital" has a PsychologicalHorror theme with Emily being abducted by unknown assailants who grab her through the floor, take her to some kind of asylum and attempt to restrain her. Then she escapes and finds her bandmates playing but they're covered in blood, and there's blood coming out of the sink and the electrical sockets. Fortunately it was AllJustADream.
* TheLadette: Haines, who has made no secret of the fact that she can be just as bad as her male band members, and has cheerfully admitted to sleeping on mattresses in dirty motels (even when the band was big) and drinking like a fish.
* TheOner: The music video for "Gimme Sympathy".
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: James Shaw sings on a few of their B-sides, like the acoustic outtakes from ''Fantasies'' (see OutOfGenreExperience above).
* TheThunderdome: The setting for "Stadium Love"
--> '''Emily:''' "I had just gotten back from Coachella, and I walked into the studio and noticed on the bulletin board that Joules had written ‘spider vs bat'... For me, that phrase triggered an entire narrative that was about a gladiator-style enormo-dome where everything turns in on itself, with every form of aggression on display for spectators"
* TrenchcoatBrigade: Worn by Haines in several of the band's videos.
* VocalTagTeam: Emily and James did this in a few of the songs from ''Grow Up and Blow Away'', although "The Other Side" from ''Pagans in Vegas'' has this as well.
* WanderlustSong: "The Wanderlust".
* WomanInWhite: Emily often dressed all in white in their earlier days. These days, WomanInBlack/HellBentForLeather is more likely.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Emily does this a ''lot''. See the page image above.