Metric - “Youth Without Youth”
Emily Haines is among the best frontmen working today and here’s why. After writing and performing one of the songs that I truly feel defines a large part of my generation, she branched off with Jimmy Shaw to create a project that stands alone. Metric is a band that believes in evolution, and as time has gone on, they’ve embraced the largeness of their music, creating songs that are meant to be played live, to stomp along with and shout to. From their early days, Metric hasn’t been shy about politics, and with “Youth Without Youth”, Shaw and Haines have penned a song that is enormously sad disguised as an absolute banger. Haines has one of those voices that can fluctuate between fragility and anger and expresses them all while baiting the audience with lines like “Jump with me on the count of three.”
I’m glad to see in the comments for the track on Soundcloud that the song’s being compared to Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Nirvana. I think comparisons are lazy ways to describe music, but it’s even stupider that female vocalists are constantly being compared to other female vocalists. Haines proves that she’s among the best, male or female, and I’m glad that we’re finally getting closer to just enjoying the rock and roll.