Metric - Kings College London
Canadian band Metric played their biggest UK headline show to date at London's Kings College.
The four piece keyboard led rockers are currently receiving a lot of radio airplay on BBC 6 Music and XFM with their current single "Monster Hospital".
The show was a sell out.Judging from the people around me it was a mixture of Canadians who were fans of the band and curious locals.
I first came across the Metric in March when I went across to America for the SXSW Conference / Festival in Austin Texas.It was at a smallish outdoor venue called Stubbs.I was waiting to see The Magic Numbers and Metric were the act before them.I was blown away by their performance and caught up with their back catalogue on my return to the UK.I've managed to see the band a few times since, including two shows in one day when the band played the Wireless Festival and the NME's club night in Koko.
The band opened their set with "Empty", the first track from their debut album in the UK "Live it out".Lead singer Emily Haines hovered over her keyboards singing the opening lines,breaking away to stomp the stage during the songs rowdier moments.Metric are a very exciting band to watch live as although Emily is a very energetic performer, guitarist Jimmy Shaw, bass player Josh Winstead and drummer Joules Scott - Key all throw themselves into their work.
The majority of songs from the exhilarating performance were taken from "Live it out", including single "Poster of a girl" but the sets final number was a track from previous US release "Old World underground - Where are you now?" which was my favourite song of the night."Combat baby" went down well with the Canadians around me but looking back a few rows I caught several blank faces.Hopefully the bands label "Drowned in sound" may manage to secure a UK release so more people can hear the album.
The band returned to the stage for an encore. Emily asked for the lights to be turned right down as the band felt they were playing in a School canteen.When the glare of the spotlight was finally subdued guitarist Jimmy Shaw struck up the intro to the eagerly awaited "Monster Hospital".Emily spent a lot of the song at the edge of the stage hovering over the audience.She sang a section of the number inches away from my face which was quite entertaining!
The band closed with another track from their debut album "Old World Underground..." ."Dead Disco" is somewhat of a signature tune for the band and they preceeded to play an extended version of the song,playing with it's dynamics,bringing one of the evening's best moments when the guitar came crashing in towards the end.
As the set was drawing to a close Emily invited several of the audience members on to the stage.It was a slightly akward moment as the song had almost finished so they couldn't dance along.The Kings College Security weren't happy with Emily's decision and proceeded to remove Metric's additional members.The set ended with Emily in the crowd while the rest of the band beat out the final moments of the song with two Security chaps guarding the stage.
Metric have a trio of shows remaining in the UK.
The band play Edinburgh Liquid Rooms on the 28th of August,Bar Academy in Birmingham on the 29th and Manchester Late Room on the 30th.The shows may be sold out so contact the venues for details.
The band are returning to the UK in a couple of months to play further dates.You can find out where and listen to some tracks by clicking on their My Space page.