Drizzly skies and six dollar Newcastle's could not deter loyal fans of Metric from the Ogden on the night of the 11th. Openers Sebastien Grainger and The Mountains gave the crowd a rock frenzy of distorting guitars with a dose of dance friendly numbers, contradicting to his My Space page that describes his sound as healing and easy listening. Next up was Metric, hailing from Toronto they supplied the all-ages crowd with a long energetic set taking no time at all to smash into their current single Help I'm Alive off their April album release Fantasies.
Mesmerizingly beautiful front-woman Emily Haines moved between the guitar, tambourine, and keyboard throughout the hour and a half long set. A set very reminiscent of The Sounds mixed in with a tame No Doubt. The only time she would pause would be to address the audience or say something that truly needed to be said. "Maybe we could be the Canadian equivalent to the Stones and the Beatles; two bands that we idolize," Haines said after a minute of reflecting on the fact that "the [Rolling] Stones went corporate and The Beattes broke up." Metric has been making music and touring since '98 and show no sign of fatigue. Ending the show tonight, they made it feel like it was their last night of their last tour. But that is far from the truth. These four will be going hard and strong through the rest of the summer and well into next autumn stopping at halls like Terminal 5 in NYC and supernatural festivals such as Glastonbury. During this nearly unbelievable four day fest, Haines, Shaw, Winstead, and Scott-Key will share a four-day weekend with acts ranging from The Prodigy to Maximo Park to The Streets to Metronomy.
PS: I love you Emily.
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