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Metric plays from left field on latest album

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Friday, December 18, 2015

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It's point out to Metric's James Shaw that the title of the group's sixth album, "Pagans in Vegas," seems a bit redundant.

He laughs, but Shaw adds that the title has become something of a learning moment for hie and his bandmates.

"Over the course of the year there's been a lot of interpretations about what paganism means," Shaw says by phone from his home in Toronto. "I think what we were trying to get at is it's someone of a spiritual natural living in an entirely unspiritual place.

"I spoke to one person, I think in the U.K., who asked me what we meant, and I told him we figured pagans were very much like a spiritual community that believes in a sort of relatively non-traditional religion's version of happiness, essentially. And he was like, 'Wow, I've been a pagan for 25 years. That's pretty close.' That was the first actual pagan I've ever spoken to, so it was kinda cool to hear that."

In addition to paganism, Shaw says Metric has learned quite a bit about "Pagans in Vegas" since the album's release in September.

"I know it's more left-field than I thought it was," Shaw explains, agreeing with those who find "Pagans" to be scaled-down and restrained in comparison to the more bombastic sound of predecessors such as 2012's "Synthetica" and 2009's "Fantasies." "I didn't really think too much about it when we were doing it; I'm not sure that would be the healthiest thing for the work itself, to really try to examine the s*** out of something while you're creating it.

"I think it was kind of a natural development for us. We're not the kind of band that likes to repeat ourselves, so if we went one way on those other albums it makes sense to us to do another way with what we do next. But I think for a lot of other people it was more left-field than I perceived it, and I recognize that now."

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