Formed in Toronto but, at various times, based in Montreal, London, New York and L.A, Metric boasts the sort of history that requires one of those connect-the-dots red-lined maps you see in an Indiana Jones movie. These are the songs that have inspired Metric’s Jimmy Shaw, written in his own words.
Rolling Stones / Exile on Main Street
I set up a turntable because my friend left all of his DJ records at my house for a year and a half. It’s the only non hip-hop record, which is funny because all they were doing was trying to sound black. Either way, the record is warped and sounds awesome.
Talk Talk / Laughing Stock
My friend Kevin, who introduced me to this record, says: ‘this record is one the best human recordings ever made’. I think that’s very well put. It’s an amazing, soulful one mic style jam from the folks who brought you the real version of It’s My Life.
Franz Ferdinand / Ulysses
It’s just a great song. It makes me wanna do a shot, steal a car, win at blackjack, chill on a boat, crash a house party, you know, all the good things. And the video pretty much rules, too. Yay Franz.
Bon Iver / Re: Stacks
Sometimes you have to take a bath. And sometimes you have to bring a stereo into the bathroom and listen to this while your taking that bath. But don’t light candles and fall asleep.
Devendra Banhart / Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
He just has a vibe, he just has a great voice, and he just writes cool tunes. He makes me wish I could grow my hair, really long.