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Canadian Rockers Metric Stand Divided

Of the Oakland Press

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Metric’s new mantra is united we stand, divided we ... still stand.

The Canadian quartet spent most of the past year or so apart. Singer Emily Haines released a solo album, “Knives Don’t Have Your Back,” while drummer Joules Scott-Key and bassist Joshua Winstead have been touring with their side project Bang Lime. But guitarist Jimmy Shaw says those outside interests have only sharpened the musicians’ enthusiasm for Metric.

“Those things are interesting because of (Metric); (Metric) is interesting because of those things,” Shaw, 32, explains. “When you get to do a bunch of things in life and they all kind of contribute to helping each other out, you get to revisit everything with renewed energy, renewed confidence, renewed inspiration.”

Metric is in fact, well on its way towards the follow-up to 2005’s “Live It Out.” Shaw says the group is “about 75 percent” done with pre-production after writing sessions in Seattle and Toronto. The group is playing some of the new songs on the road, and Shaw expects more writing to take place later this year, with recording in early 2008.

“It’s been an amazing process so far,” the guitarist reports. “It’s definitely got a positive tinge that was not in our music before. It’s becoming more increasingly interesting to imagine what the world would be like if it was better and what we can do to make it better.

“That’s infinitely more interesting to me than saying, ‘OK, we know the world is (a mess).’ ”

Metric and Crystal Castles perform Monday (Sept. 24) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show. Call (313) 961-6357 or visit www.livenation. com.

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