About Synthetica

Synthetica is the fifth studio album by Canadian indie rock band Metric, released on 12 June 2012. The first single, "Youth Without Youth", was released on 1 May 2012. "Speed the Collapse" was released as a sneak preview on 23 May 2012. On 30 May 2012 the entire album was available for streaming by playing "Synthetica Hide + Seek"; this was done through an interactive word hunting game on the band's website. A deluxe version, with five additional tracks, was released on 20 November 2012. The song "Speed the Collapse" is featured on the soundtrack for the video game by EA Sports, FIFA 13 and in the 2013 Grey's Anatomy episode "Things We Said Today" (season 9, episode 10). The song "Breathing Underwater" is featured in the 2013 The Vampire Diaries episode "Original Sin" (season 5, episode 3). The band also put out a companion app of the same name, which allowed fans to remix the songs off of the album. 


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Some of us are wild ones, ever under wanted, 
I believe

Lining up in the background,
Waiting for the crap shot to be seen

In the shadow of the big screen,
Everybody begs to be redeemed

Hey, I'm not Synthetica
I'll keep the life that I've got

We were never meant to crawl in for the bait,
We never will

I can think for myself,
I've got something no pill could ever kill

Hey, I'm not Synthetica, oh
I'll keep the life that I've got, oh
So hard, hard to resist Synthetica, oh
No drug is stronger than me, Synthetica

We're all the time confined to fit the mold
But I won't ever let them make a loser of my soul

Hey, I'm not Synthetica, oh
I'll keep the life that I've got, oh
I'll keep the life that I've got
I'll keep the life that I've got
I'll keep the life that I've got

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Metric is a Canadian indie rock and New Wave band founded in 1998 in Toronto. The band has also at various times been based in Montreal, London, New York City and for a short time Los Angeles. Metric consists of vocalist Emily Haines (who also plays the synthesizer and guitar), guitarist James Shaw (who also plays the synthesizer and theremin), bassist Joshua Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key. more »

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Written by: Emily Haines, James Shaw

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10 facts about this song

Song Introduction
"Synthetica" is a song by the Canadian indie rock band Metric. It is part of their fifth studio album which also carries the same name, "Synthetica".
Released Date and Album Details
The album was released on June 12, 2012, by Metric Music International. The song "Synthetica," as the title track, plays a crucial part in setting the overall theme and tone of the album.
Lead Singer and Songwriter
The song, as with many of Metric's songs, features the vocals of the lead singer Emily Haines, who is also the band's primary songwriter.
Song Theme and Lyrics
The lyrics of "Synthetica" address themes of identity, authenticity, and remaining true to oneself in a society that often encourages conformity. It encapsulates a criticism of artificiality - both in the music industry and society at large.
Music Style
"Synthetica" showcases Metric's experimentation with a variety of musical styles, featuring a mix of indie rock, new wave, and synth-pop influences.
Critical Reception
The "Synthetica" album received generally positive reviews from critics, with many highlighting the title track as a standout. It was nominated for two Juno Awards and won for "Best Alternative Album" in 2013.
Commercial Success
The album "Synthetica" debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the band's highest chart position in the United States to date.
Unique Collaborations
The album features a guest appearance by legendary music artist Lou Reed on another track, "The Wanderlust", amplifying the influence and reach of the album in the music industry.
Tours and Promotions
In order to promote the album and its title track, Metric embarked on a tour in 2012, which included performances of "Synthetica" at a number of major music festivals.
Continued Impact
Even years after its release, "Synthetica" continues to be one of Metric's most recognized and celebrated songs, showcasing their distinct sound and ability to tackle complex themes in their music.

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