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News: Metric Confirm 6th Studio LP ‘Pagans In Vegas’

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(UK) Metric’s 6th full length studio album, ‘Pagans in Vegas’ is confirmed to be released on September 18, 2015. In an effort to translate the gratifying experience of discovering an artist you love, Metric has packed their new album with reverent references to artists who’ve inspired them, from Depeche Mode to Joy Division and Underworld. Frontwoman Emily Haines explains that it was about finding “the romance of another time without falling into nostalgia.” (The concept is also perfectly captured on the album’s cover, which features a shot of Memphis’ Hotel Chisca, the spot where Elvis Presley did his first broadcast interview.) But despite a few glances in the rearview, ‘Pagans in Vegas’ stitches together its acoustic and synthetic foundations with a crisp, unique now-ness that captures the quandaries of life in an age where bad news is unavoidable and great art is a life-saver.

Digital pre-orders are available today on iTunes, including an exclusive free bonus track available only during the pre-order period and two “instant-gratification” downloads. Various physical/digital pre-order packages also launched today on the band’s website, including a variety of exclusive, limited edition and autographed items. All pre-orders from the band’s website come with 2 free exclusive bonus tracks and several “instant-gratification” downloads.

Metric Pagans In Vegas‘Pagans in Vegas’ will be the first of two albums from Metric, with the second album expected in 2016. Their time spent writing in 2014—Shaw at his studio in Toronto, delving into the CS80 synth and Haines with acoustic instruments in Nicaragua and Spain—yielded an unprecedented amount of material that revealed itself across at least two major musical veins. Realizing they had composed enough music for two very different albums, they decided to let each collection of songs stand on their own. More details on the second release will be announced in due course.

Alongside these new details about the release of Pagans in Vegas, Metric has released a second track from the forthcoming album, Cascades, which the band considers “the pounding heart” of the new record. A video for the song premiered today on NPR’s First Watch. The video will also be available to watch and share on You Tube. First single The Shade was released only a few weeks ago to glowing reviews from publications such as Rolling Stone, Spin, NME and Time.

The Shade and Cascades are both included on The Shade EP, alongside additional album track Too Bad, So Sad and exclusive bonus track Office Towers Escalate. This special, limited edition, autographed cassette tape will be offered throughout the summer, while supplies last, exclusively on tour and from the band’s website. The cassette comes with a pre-order download card for the new album, including 2 exclusive bonus tracks. In addition to the cassette, purchasers will receive 2 instant downloads, 3 additional downloads over the summer, and the remainder of the album plus the bonus tracks upon release on September 18.

1. Lie Lie Lie
2. Fortunes
3. The Shade
4. Celebrate
5. Cascades
6. For Kicks
7. Too Bad, So Sad
8. Other Side
9. Blind Valentine
10. The Governess
11. The Face Part I
12. The Face Part II

1. The Shade
2. Cascades
3. Too Bad, So Sad
4. Office Towers Escalate