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 “Gold Guns Girls” by Metric from the 2009 album Fantasies on Metric/Chrysalis Music.
Is it ever gonna be enough? The thought — as Emily Haines’ doubled vocals track over themselves — endlessly asking for more and more, more and more – is that no it’s probably never going to be enough. Sometimes we come to this realization in life and well fuck why not write a pop song out of it? Get something good from it? Aw hell, why I am trying to put a negative spin on a song that just sort of sings? It’s there though, really if you’re listening for it. Did I mention I have a screaming tooth-ache, broken ankle and no insurance? ANYWAY, “Gold Gun Girls” is fun little synth-pop track offered up here to you from a quartet of Brooklyn kids — 4/4 (that’s all of ‘em, people) of whom once lived in other places like Toronto, London, and Boston — but left the maple leaves, lifts and superior sportsmanship behind for the awesomeness that is MY HOME STATE, NEW YORK!
It’s amusing to me and maybe I’m noticing this because I’m stupid but Metric — formed by Emily Haines (Kevin Drew, Jason Collett, et al), guitarist James Shaw (Broken Social Scene), with the ultimate addition of drummer Joules Scott Key and bassist Josh Winstead — have a TON OF STATS floating around out there on the internet. You could build a totally awesome spreadsheet to measure the success of Metric: for instance their latest offering, Fantasies, from which this track was culled, debuted at #1 (do better next time, losers) on Bilboard’s Top Heatseekers and #20 on Billboard’s top 200 and has to this day sold more than 20,000 copies on iTunes alone! The popular data-based website Metacritic let me know that the album is an “8.5” based on 28 reviews and and a resulting meta-score of 77. I’ve created formulas and linked my columns and ya know what I’ve found (besides a general bitterness against excel)? This song is good. Haims’ voice is superbly down-beat and reserved. Fans of The Kills may notice a softer-core Alison Mossheart-like vocal moment in “Gold Gun Girls” that despite the obvious imagery piques interest with a soft-edged subtlety that’s not so grab-you-by-the-hair sexual. Shaw’s guitar is understated, relegated to a supportive role, propping overt synths above dancey, beating snares that send you into a tailspin. I can sort of see you dancing to this, clapping to the beat the way you used to with that cute smile on your face that always made me wish I could dance. Oh well, who needs another beer? Me!
Currently, Metric is readying to play a few sold out shows in Canada, but they’ll be back in Seattle for Bumbershoot on Monday, September 7, and you might just hear them on live on KEXP… who knows? Check out their MySpace page for updates and enjoy this video fro “Sick Muse,” also from the new album: