Metric’s newest album, Synthetica, deftly blends New Wave with synth pop, and it’s comprised of songs that would be at home in any size venue, from Radio City Music Hall, where you can see them on 9/23, to a room at the Bowery Hotel, where, using just a guitar and a great voice, Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw did this elegant, stripped-down version of “Synthetica,” exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube. Subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for more Track + Field performances like this one, and all the latest info on our upcoming live-streaming concerts, including Bon Iver live from Radio City Music Hall on 9/21.
Exclusive Video: Another Unplugged Gem from Metric
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Metric Unplugged at the Bowery Hotel
Mere hours after unveiling tunes off their just-released fifth album, Synthetica, for a horde of adoring fans inside the cozy Music Hall of Williamsburg, Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw of Metric invited us into a posh suite at NYC’s Bowery Hotel to tape a performance for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube, which posts awesome sessions like this one every week (see them all here). At the hotel, the duo stripped away the electric throb of their new single, “Youth Without Youth,” down to two-part harmonies, acoustic guitar and harmonica (!). All that remained from the original was a spare, digital beat, saddled up through Shaw’s iPhone. After performing, the duo talked about their origins in NYC and Brooklyn, hanging with members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Stars and TV on the Radio, and how NYC helped shape the sound of Synthetica. Watch the interview here. Metric returns to town September 23 at Radio City Music Hall. Tickets are still available.