Canadian indie rock icons Metric and Atlantic recording group Death Cab for Cutie have teamed up for a 2016 cross-Canada co-headlining tour. The bands will embark on the “Lights on the Horizon” tour on March 19 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, hitting 10 cities before wrapping up at the Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver on April 1.
After a resounding and relentless international tour schedule in support of PAGANS IN VEGAS, Metric returns home to Canada for the first run of national shows since the release of their latest album this September.
“We are so happy that everything fell into place for Death Cab For Cutie and Metric to do this tour of Canada together,” says Emily Haines. “Nick Harmer and I worked on creating the poster artwork together, and while we were on the phone riffing on imagery and ideas for what to call the tour we decided on Lights On The Horizon. I was standing on a rooftop at sunset looking out at the Statue of Liberty at the time and it just felt right. The name expressed our shared desire to focus on what lies ahead, creatively and personally, so we went with it.”
“We’re so excited about touring with Metric, a band that we’ve been fans of for a long time, and also to be playing shows in a number of Canadian cities that we’ve never been to previously,” says Death Cab for Cutie singer-guitarist Ben Gibbard.
Death Cab for Cutie are touring in support of their eighth studio album, KINTSUGI, which has been nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award in the Best Rock Album category. The album debuted at #1 on the Digital Album Chart and #5 on the Top Album Chart in Canada upon its release earlier this year.
Pagans in Vegas, released on September 18th the band’s career sixth studio album was the first of two albums from Metric to be released within a year, the second album expected in early 2016. The band spent time writing in 2014—Shaw at his studio in Toronto, delving into the CS80 synth and Haines with acoustic instruments in Nicaragua and Spain—and the work yielded an unprecedented amount of material that revealed itself across at least two major musical veins. Realizing they had composed enough music for two very different albums, they decided to let each collection of songs stand on their own.
Metric self-released their last two albums on five continents and have gone on to sell millions of records worldwide. In 2009, Metric became the first band in history to have their first ever Top 20 hit at U.S. commercial radio without the backing of a traditional label. Their most recent releases earned multiple Juno Awards including two for Album of the Year, one for Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year for Shaw, who has co-produced the band’s last two albums with Grammy nominated John O’Mahony (Coldplay, Sarah Bareilles). Updates and insights available at www.ilovemetric.com
Death Cab for Cutie:
For nearly two decades, Death Cab for Cutie has been hailed as one of contemporary music’s most compelling and creative collectives. Born in Bellingham, Washington in 1997, the band followed a long relationship with the Seattle-based independent label, Barsuk, by making their Atlantic Records debut with their fifth studio release, 2005’s “PLANS.” The album proved Death Cab for Cutie’s popular breakthrough, earning platinum certification in the U.S. and Canada, as well as spawning the chart-topping singles, “Soul Meets Body” and “I Will Follow You Into The Dark.” The latter track was honored with a GRAMMY® nomination as “Best Pop Performance By Duo Or Group With Vocals,” with “PLANS” receiving the nod as “Best Alternative Album.” “DIRECTIONS,” the 2006 DVD companion to “PLANS,” earned an additional GRAMMY® nod as “Best Longform Music Video.”
Now fully affirmed as an era-defining band, Death Cab for Cutie made a stunning #1 debut atop the overall album charts in both the U.S. and Canada with 2008’s gold-certified “NARROW STAIRS.” More critical acclaim and two further GRAMMY® nominations followed, including nods for “Best Alternative Album” and “Best Rock Song” (honoring the hit single, “I Will Possess Your Heart”). “THE OPEN DOOR” EP was released in 2009, earning DCfC a third consecutive GRAMMY® Award nomination for “Best Alternative Album.” “CODES AND KEYS” arrived in 2011 and debuted atop Canada’s Alternative Albums chart before receiving the band’s fourth straight GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Alternative Music Album.” “You Are A Tourist,” the album’s first single, also proved a multi-format radio smash. For more news and information, please log on to www.deathcabforcutie.com.