After realizing they probably knew just as much - if not more - about our changing musical landscape as anyone, Metric released their latest album, Fantasies, themselves. And, of course, it's their most successful album to date, bolstered by massive radio hit "Help, I'm Alive." They're now pretty much the second-most successful band to emerge from the Broken Social Scene collective - doesn't look like anyone's going to knock Feist off the top of that particular mountain anytime soon - and they're playing the WFNX/Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll show this Saturday at City Hall Plaza. That's a free show; we're not sure if we've mentioned that yet. We talked to James Shaw on the phone from the airport in Toronto.
What is it about the new one that you think people are responding to so well?It's a good question. I think that we had a mantra going into the making of the record that there was a slightly abrasive quality about the records that we'd made beforehand in terms of trying to shove what we felt like was the truth in people's faces, demanding people listen to what we were saying sonically and, ever-so-slightly, lyrically. The idea behind the making of this record was more that we would make it like a sonic embrace and allow people in in a more calm way. And then once they decide to listen to what we have to say, the sentiment is exactly the same. The enticement is a little bit different. We called it the sonic hug.
Did you anticipate this kind of reaction at all?I'm not very good at expecting anything. I take what comes. There was hopes for this,a nd I'm happy that it's happening the way we envisioned it happening, but I'm not sure that we expected anything.