Sunday night was a swirl of emotions and a medley of different sounds from the Western Hemisphere. Canadian band, July Talk, started the evening on a "rocking beat" and then Zoé brought the Spanish psychedelic indie-rock alongside cool and "trippy" visuals that got the crowd ready for Metric. It was such a great transition of music. Who knew these three bands would be so complementary to each other.
Metric, a Canadian indie-rock band, for those that don't know, began in 1998. About nineteen years and several albums later, Metric still remains one of the most iconic bands of the 2000s. Their latest album, "Art of Doubt" is a reflection of the band's maturity and skill range. However, the best part of any Metric's music is that it draws in people of all ages and it was clear from the crowd that this vibe was present at the concert.
The stage had several light beams going across. Simple, yet perfectly placed so that there is still a clear view of all the band members and instruments. The drum kit in clear view displayed: "Is This Dystopia". The crowd began to get antsy and finally a little past 9:30, the lights dimmed and one by one the members of Metric came out immediately starting with the song, "Love you back", which happens to be the second song of their latest album. Right off the bat, lead singer, Emily Haines, while in a wide-spread stance in front of the microphone, sang the first few lyrics which immediately commanded the attention of the crowd. Her voice is both strong and soothing at the same time. She does it so effortlessly at the same time. It's truly thrilling! Not only that, but James Shaw, guitarist, is also such a force on stage. It's hard to keep your eyes on just one band member over the other because of the chemistry, stage energy, and talent that they all have.
Right after the first song ended, "Synthetica" began and Emily started jogging from one side of the stage to the other. Not once did the energy go down throughout the show, which is why it's great that Metric has the lights behind them and no distracting visuals because it is not needed. After a few back to back songs, Emily spoke about her meaning regarding the song "Breathing Underwater" in which she sings "Is this my life?". She addressed that the song had a bittersweet undertone to it all while inspiring the audience of some introspection on life.
As the night progressed, songs like "Art of Doubt", "Sick Muse", "Now Or Never Now" were played alongside hits like "Black Sheep" and "Help I'm Alive". The show was absolutely fantastic! Everything sounded amazing and it was honestly such a great venue; the atmosphere was perfect. While the front half of the crowd was up against the rail in front of the stage, the other half in the back was dancing and jamming out. It felt intimate. I recommend that anyone that has the opportunity to go catch a show during this tour to do so. It's a great musical journey.
Upcoming show dates:
3/11 – Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium
3/13 San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
3/15 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
3/16 Seattle, WA @ The Moore
3/18 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
3/20 Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
3/21 Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
3/22 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
3/23 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
3/25 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
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