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Interview:
Metric takes measure of its future
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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With an album out last year -- "Pagans In Vegas" -- you'd think Canada's Metric might still be wanting a bit of a break from the studio.

But as guitarist Jimmy Shaw notes, "We don't really know how to stop."

That work ethic has served the quartet well since 2003, to the tune of six albums, three Juno Awards (Canada's Grammy equivalent) and three titles shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize. The group members maintain a steady ration of side projects as well, but they never let much time go by before they return to the mothership Metric has become.

And while things are as busy as ever, Shaw -- who also co-founded the all-star Broken Social Scene -- says Metric is beginning to take the measure of what it wants to do next.

"Oh, yeah, very much so," he notes. "We not good at stopping and we just kind of go on, and a lot of times it's without any kind of exact direction. That's one of the perils of not really being a part of a (record) company or being anyone's employees per se. We're sort of always left to our own devices."

Shaw says Metric is currently sitting on "something like 30 song files," and there is a loose direction in mind -- although, as always, subject to change.

"When we made 'Pagans,' the press release around it stated that it was going to be the first of two records," Shaw explains. "It seems like we were having about six or eight months of doubts about what that second record is, but now it seems like it'll be maybe much closer to what we originally thought it was than when we started doubting.

"It's now just sort of a process of pull it all off and making it somewhere between the thing you do when you think no one's going to hear it and the thing you do when you think everyone's going to hear it.

But, he adds, the guiding principle is to keep a grounded perspective on what it is the band is doing at any given time.

"Personally I tend to be deeply, deeply entranched in what I'm doing at the moment, but when it's past the moment, it's gone and I don't dwell on it," Shaw explains. "A record to me is supposed to be a record of the time. The more you're rooted in that time and not thinking about the future or the past, the more true it will be in that moment.

"So you kind of close your eyes and put blinders on. We're going to do this probably 'til we literally can't anymore, so I don't want to sound the same for 30 years. That would be terrible."

Metric and Moonwalks

Sunday, Sept. 25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $20-$45.

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