But what I discovered and what I continue to discover in my life is that all the good stuff is when you can go back and stand in that same corner that you stood at when you were 15 years old and actually register what – that's the scientific way to register how you've evolved - what remains the same about you; the essence of who you are."While examining personal experiences plays a part on the record, Haines also delves into the feminine spirit, a subject she has been dedicated to, both on record and in action.Metric is active with Global Citizen, which aims to tackle the world's most challenging issues via social change, and Haines is also involved with its girls and women issues campaign #She Decides.The title refers to “people with a conscience, for better or worse, playing around in the arena of unconscionable behavior,” according to the band’s official announcement.But taking a gamble in a casino is also Haines’ metaphor of choice when describing the band’s decision to create its own company, Metric Music International, and record and tour outside of the traditional record-label system.Emily Haines thinks her band Metric could find more mainstream acceptance if she and her bandmates followed a few rules.“Just play a nice song with the guitars that aren’t too loud, make the vocal wispy with some reverb, give us that little bit of feeling that we want, but not too much—music to placate,” she says in the courtyard of the New York’s Crosby Street Hotel.
Among the album themes Haines explores is the past ("Wounded," "Minefield of Memory"), and progressing often means processing situations from the teenage years to go forward.Opening for them, we were like aliens.” Okay, so hate-reading. The song seemed like such lyrical departure for you, to the point that I was almost startled by how frank you are singing about love. That’s what I’m talking about—looking for proof that the world is as f—ked as you suspect it might be. The feminine spirit is also addressed in Choir of the Mind."I was trying to express, what I hoped there are moments of, is the sound of femininity as a strength that's not in relation to men …It's not even related to the male energy, the idea is what is a pure feminine spirit," she says.
That's the spirit I'm trying to convey on the album, it's that essence of femininity, without it having to be a reaction."Though some of her new material was culled between solo records – Haines is always writing – much of the record's music happened on the spot.