Funny thing them silver linings.
There are few artists that would take delight in hearing the news their unreleased track has been leaked.
But in the case of Canadian quartet Metric, no one could guess that the unassuming B-side track ‘Help I’m Alive’ (leaked online courtesy of a European pressing plant) would serendipitously become their biggest hit. Within weeks of the single hitting the web, with radio stations the world giving it the sort of the airplay reserved for major labels.
“Suddenly, we were getting calls from radio stations all over the world, from Australia to Ireland, saying they were playing the hell out of ‘Help, I'm Alive’” writes the band on their official blog.
“This totally caught us off guard. We never could have guessed that this song would be a radio contender! It's success proved our theory that programmers and listeners are more open minded than anyone gives them credit for! Meanwhile, we were all set to release ‘Gimme Sympathy’ as our logical first single but ‘Help I'm Alive’ continued to amaze & confuse us by climbing all the way up to the top of the charts. The song became Metric's first #1 hit and we thanked the mysterious universe.”
Hot on the heels of knocking Kings Of Leon off the number one spot in their native Canada, Metric have just unleashed their fourth LP ‘Fantasies’ onto the salivating Aussie market, which is already gaining high rotation on radio stations around the country.
It’s been four years since the indie-rockers released their last album ‘Live It Out’ . After a battling a bout of writers block, the quartet decided to forgo the traditional channels of label representation, instead self-financing the recording of ‘Fantasies’, setting up their own global label operation and assembing a team to release the new album in major territories. With more bite than Death Cab for Cutie and more soul than Christina, if you want to rock, dance and think all at the same time, then this album is for you!
Get amongst! Check out the live accoustic version of the video for ‘Help I’m Alive’ here.