Although alternative rock has largely faded away as a cultural force in the 21st century, Canadian-hailing band Metric have made a persuasive argument for its continued relevance. Over the course of the last 19 years, the group has released six albums of indie rock music that is confessional to the point of being lacerating and thunderous enough to feel anthemic. Along the way, Metric have also produced some of the most compelling music videos of the last two decades.
“Youth Without Youth”
While most of the band's promos are performance based, Metric went abstract with this video. It was a good choice. With its opaque Stanley Kubrick-influenced imagery, “Youth Without Youth” is the most striking and oblique clip in the band’s videography.
“Gold Gun Girls”
Given that “Gold Gun Girls” is a song about the pervasive and corrosive nature of greed, a music video that features a heart-pounding chase that ends in a deflating anticlimax is wholly appropriate.
In addition to being filmed as one fantastic one shot, the clip for “Gimme Sympathy” is also a statement of purpose. While frontwoman Emily Haines is the group’s undeniable star, the short highlights the fact that Metric wouldn’t be Metric without all four of its members.
In general, Metric’s videos avoid the trope of visually illustrating a song's lyrics. One of the few exceptions to that rule is the clip for “Stadium Love.” It liberalizes the track’s themes of primal conflict with footage of various wild animals brutally attacking each other, and in one harrowing moment, the band’s’ lead singer.
When making a clip for a song called “Monster Hospital,” it would almost be a crime to exclude any horror movie allusions. However, given that the song deals with war-induced posttraumatic stress syndrome, a video filled Universal monsters wouldn’t feel terribly appropriate. Director Micah Meisner was able to find a thoughtful compromise by referencing the visceral terror of Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead” with the psychological horror of Roman Polanski’s “Repulsion.”