Emily Haines says that she’s “always had trouble with kind of singer-songwriter music.” But that didn’t stop the Metric singer and keyboardist from taking that quieter path on her fi rst solo album, “Knives Don’t Have Your Back.”
“It was just a kind of style of music I always play,” says Haines, who’s also a member of the currently dormant Broken Social Scene. “I really just wanted these songs to have different instrumentation than a rock ’n’ roll band and be a little more imaginative in terms of how to express some more ethereal stuff and not feel like I have to rock anybody.”
Haines says the response to this change, of course, has been “interesting. I’ve more and more found people who, like me, have a pretty intense approach to live. We consider ourselves to be kind of ‘going for it’ or whatever. You cross a border into, ‘OK, where are you coming from?,’ these really philosophical questions.
“That’s OK, I think. You need music that serves a different purpose in your day.”
Haines says her solo approach has made some impact on Metric, too, which recently started working on its follow-up to 2005’s “Live It Out” and hopes to have it out this year.
“I can already see how my work on ‘Knives’ has affected the direction of the next Metric record, which is cool,” she says. “We’re making up lots of music in a bit mellower vibe.
“It’s always nice to check yourself, see if you can explore different moods as a writer. But we’ll probably do so many songs, who knows how the final record will sound.”
Emily Haines and Tall Firs perform Thursday (January 11th) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
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