By 2004, Haines & Co. seemed primed for their big moment as Canada's new rock ambassadors. But they were rudely run over by an even more melodramatic bunch from Montreal (led by a transplanted Texan, no less) called Arcade Fire. Around the same time, a pair of Calgary-born twin sisters named Tegan and Sara came charging across the border with their own synth-heavy pop sound, scoring an American hit with "Walking With a Ghost." Right behind them were Haines' old pals Stars (with their breakthrough album Set Yourself on Fire) and Feist with her Juno prize-winning Let It Die LP. Metric's "scene" had suddenly spread beyond even their sizable Broken Social one, and by the time they released 2005's Live It Out, their superstardom at home was undeniable, if only a bit tempered by another hazy reception in the U.S.A. Anyone who heard "Monster Hospital" or "Empty" had to like what they heard. It was just a matter of figuring out which of those cool new Canadian bands they were listening to.
Show tonight is at 8 p.m., and will cost you $20 if you didn't get advance tickets. The Ettes open. Sparkly vampire song after the jump.
Man, the production on this song is so ... gauzy? Ethereal? It's almost like there's no there there, except for Haines' voice. Also, I have no idea what the fuck is supposed to be going on in that movie.