Song of the Day: Metric – Combat Baby


Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is Combat Baby by Metric from the 2003 album Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? on Everloving.

Metric – Combat Baby (MP3)

Though it’s not often we feature an older track for our Song of the Day, Metric’s career hasn’t exactly followed a typical timeline. Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? (2003) was Metric’s first official release, but Grow Up and Blow Away (2001), more specifically the title track, exposed the band to the world through an I-Zone film ad. Their underground inspiration mixed with that initial ad cast Metric as mainstream critics and mainstream manipulators all at once. Little has changed in that regard as Metric’s subsequent albums have been no less critical of the mainstream while their songs have appeared in numerous pop culture soundtracks. The band is currently spreading their New Wave/Trip-Hop gems on a tour that is intended to cement the tracks for their new album. Amazingly, Metric is held together by musicians that all have their hands in something else. Emily Haines and James Shaw have done work with fellow Canadians Broken Social Scene and Stars while bassist Josh Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key have a side project of their own called Bang Lime. Additionally, Grow Up and Blow Away, after eight years, finally got an official release this year along with Haines’ first solo effort, Knives Don’t Have Your Back. Metric performs 10/9 at the Showbox, a show that promises to be both nostalgic and forward thinking as they test yet unheard songs. Their website and MySpace page provide a wealth of information while this video for Combat Baby provides quality entertainment:

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