Metric's Emily Haines on How to Be Friends With Lou Reed

Canadian synth-rockers Metric are five albums into a rich career, and only getting better. And while frontwoman Emily Haines has dealt with the sort of stereotyping that one might expect an attractive blonde woman who plays keyboards and sings in a new wave-y pop band to receive, in this episode of The HiveCast With Matt Pinfield, she explains to Matt how she’s finally learned to use that to her advantage. “As a female artist, you can pretty much rip off any male artist in the history of forever, blatantly,” she laughs. “And it will never occur to anyone to compare you to anything but another female artist. Which is pretty classic -- you get something back.”

Her top choice of male artist to rip off is a good one, too -- she talks to Matt about her friendship with Lou Reed. “When I met him, he’s not like, ‘Oh, it’s the synth-y chick from the dance-rock band. He sees that I’m a writer, and the first thing he said was, ‘Who would you rather be: the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?’ And of course I said, ‘The Velvet Underground.’” Their friendship isn’t all rooted in flattery, though – she tells Matt that the reason she identifies with Reed is actually the opposite. “What I respect about that man, and I hope what he sees in me, is a desire to be spared all the floral language of bullshit and just say what you mean.” Check out the rest of the Hivecast for some more straight talk from Emily Haines. [Download & subscribe to the Hivecast via iTunes.]

The Hivecast With Matt Pinfield: Metric