In April 2010, after months of rumors and whispers, Trace Cyrus took to Ustream and made the announcement fans dreaded: “As many of you already know, Metro Station is taking a break—and I think it’s a permanent break.” Wearing oversized sunglasses, sporting a pin-straight, asymmetrical haircut and rocking a jean jacket open enough to show his many chest tattoos, the singer/guitarist said the words with conviction. The band was over and everyone was moving on. Cyrus had already started his own solo project, Ashland High, and while fellow Metro Station singer Mason Musso continued to produce music and perform under the existing moniker, the resurrection was half-hearted and intermittent, at best. However, the combination of time and perspective managed to make the impossible occur by bringing two former musical collaborators and best friends back together.
Now that Musso and Cyrus have reunited, it’s time to get back into the studio and make more Metro Station music. Up first is a new EP called Gold, which features new songs like “Love And War” and “She Likes Girls,” both of which blend the group’s signature electro-pop melodies and newfound lyrical depth. The band has recorded tons of new material but they aren’t in a rush to put out a full-length album—yet. Instead, they’re choosing to release Gold in October 2014 and then hit the road with The Ready Set this fall.
Not only does the future look bright, but the possibilities are endless for Metro Station. “I really think in the long run, we’re going to look back at the breakup as a blessing from God,” Cyrus says with complete sincerity. “I’m very religious so I feel like God kinda came in, took everything we had away from us and slapped us on the wrist, saying, ‘You need to learn, you need to appreciate what I’m giving you.’ I feel like this is our second chance to make things right and to prove that we enjoy doing this and appreciate it.”
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The Pub Station
2502 1st Ave N
Billings, MT 59101