Metric at The Fillmore tonight (9/17/2012)
METRIC Metric’s Emily Haines remembers a time before iPads and smartphones, and she ponders what we’ve lost since consciousness went online to embrace a sea of distractions. Like its name, this four-piece makes music that is precise and measured. Building on a bed of moody electronic music that recalls post-Ultravox John Foxx and Low-era Bowie, Haines and guitarist/right-hand-man Jimmy Shaw craft big, hooky New Wave ravers with the shiny precision of The Cars and Blondie. Launched in 1998, Metric has gone on lengthy hiatuses more than once. During these breaks, Haines and Shaw have woodshedded with Canadian indie-rock supergroup Broken Social Scene, and their main band has benefitted from these sabbaticals. Soulful guitar and organic swagger have been added to Metric’s soaring choruses and pristine synths, adding gravitas to their slick New Wave perfection. Recently scoring David Cronenberg’s dystopian Cosmopolis, Metric proves that its medium is not its message. Beneath the brittle, sugary surface, Haines, Shaw and their cohorts ask how our brains have been rewired in the information age, and whether real and artificial experiences have become one. With Half Moon Run. $29. Sept. 17, 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. 704-549-5555.