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"[Are you] still on track, becoming the best version of yourself, or have you strayed? It was really one of those moments to check in with our neighborhoods, with our families, and within ourselves and with the band."
These thematic concerns have also given the singer a new perspective on Metric's catalog, especially when it comes to live performances of new material alongside older songs. "It's really amazing to play it all and how the songs mix with the older material," she says. "It's been really cool to imagine ten years of putting out records, and it's now become this body of work that covers a lot of ground and a lot of emotional high points."
But lest anyone consider Metric's message preachy, Haines says, discussing what "Dreams So Real" means to her: "I'm not a saint, that's for sure. My aspiration would be to be someone that represents some kind of integrity that you can look to and be like, 'Yes, well-played,' and you find inspiring because the person doesn't seem like a complete pushover or a total conformist or all these things that we are all pressured to be."
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It's also not lost on Haines that her gender might play a role in others' perceptions of her. But she prefers to look beyond that. "I have never focused too much on the gender side of it," she insists.
Instead, she understands her place as a role model for young people. "A lot of kids are into our music. It's guys and girls, and increasingly it's like transgender kids. It's kids and anybody who is going through a questioning time. It seems like our band is helpful. I feel like I should be.
"You want to represent something positive and inspiring for people. I hope I am doing that."