Metric are unleashing some new music, with the Toronto-based rockers unveiling a music video for their just-released track “Dark Saturday”, the first single from the band’s upcoming studio album.
Directed by Justin Broadbent, the “Dark Saturday” music video (above) was shot without cameras; instead, Broadbent filmed the entire thing on an iPhone X.
“The band and I agreed that shooting on an iPhone would be a good way to immediately connect a visual style to the authentic feeling of this record”, says Broadbent of the video. “Because it was a ‘run and gun’-style video, we needed our footprint to be tiny and quick but the video quality still needed to be high. I think this also let the band relax, not having a huge camera and lights around while allowing me the freedom to try things on the fly. Even the design of the final video looks like four separate screens magically lining up together.”
While the band’s forthcoming album remains untitled, Metric singer Emily Haines explains that “Dark Saturday” was selected as the first single to indicate the album’s hard-edged, guitar-heavy sound.
“This is our seventh album as a band”, says Haines, “and we wanted the first song people heard from it to be ‘Dark Saturday’ as a sonic heads-up that our guitars are back in force.”
Metric have also announced dates for a fall tour of Europe, set to kick off in Moscow on Oct. 25. Meanwhile, the band are currently on the road as the opening act for Smashing Pumpkins, with Canadian dates, including stops in Montreal (Aug. 7), Toronto (Aug. 8), London (Aug. 9) and Vancouver (Sept. 8). A complete list of tour dates can be found on the band’s website.
Metric’s new album will drop on Sept. 21.