Review: Metric at the Electric Ballroom

Here we go! This is most likely to be a lengthy, disorganized ’review’. Be forewarned. 

Finally, I got to hear Emily Haines sing. I don’t know why, but I love Knives Don’t Have Your Back a completely ridiculous amount, so much so that I can’t even describe it to anyone without sounding like a psycho. Before the show, I’ll admit that I wasn’t all that excited. I like Metric alot too, I loooove Grow Up And Blow Away, and Old World Underground as well. I like Live It Out. I can’t seem to make up my mind with Fantasies, something about it just doesn’t click with me. Hmm… I’ve just noticed a parallel with how I feel about Rilo Kiley and Under The Blacklight. Fantasies is a record with alot of production and big sounds, it’s undeniably epic. I’ve always loved when Metric play more stripped back. I remember the promo for Help, I’m Alive where Emily was playing the title track at the piano and it was absolutely beautiful. Nonetheless, I’ve been a fan for years so it was sweet finally get to see them play.

The day before the show Bobbles said he was going with Max to interview the band beforehand for Sonic Dice. I invited myself along (they are kind and let me come) so we met up at the venue early and headed backstage. Electric Ballroom is pretty huge, but round the back it’s just like a house. We went in and stood around awkwardly and then went upstairs. We could see the band in the room at the top of the stairs. They shut the door, hah. They were doing another interview or something, and we had to wait in a place by the toilets. Classy! Their busy busy PR lady told us to go wait downstairs. We got to talk with Josh for about 15/20 minutes. It would have been sweet to talk to Emily, but she’s clearly a busy lady. Josh was really lovely and chatty. During the interview Emily and Jimmy walked through our room, they smiled and Emily waved. WIN. Josh was charming and it was interesting to hear him talk about the new record and random things.

Afterwards we went and joined the queue and it wasn’t long before we went in. Damn list lady wouldn’t give me my photopass even though I definately had one, I had to call the PR lady and she super kindly she sent someone down and he sorted it for me. I went and joined Bobbles & co at the front, we decided not to go in the photopit because then we’d have to go to the back after the 3 songs. This prooved to be super wise, as the security let us shoot through the whole show whenever we wanted. It’s tempting to just shoot Emily non stop, she’s the most expressive and charismatic singer I’ve ever shot. I need a bigger memory card though, when I shoot in RAW I can only take 130ish on the card.

After a support act it was time for Metric. They opened to some dissonant noise and dark lights. Jimmy was playing a theremin (!). I really would like to have a go on one of those.

Setlist: Long intro/Twilight, Help I’m Alive, Satellite Mind, Handshakes, Gold Gun Girls, Gimme Sympathy, Sick Muse, Empty, Front Row, Dead Disco, Stadium Love and an encore of Monster Hospital and Live It Out

Considering it wasn’t exactly my ideal set list, I thought they were absolutely brilliant. Definately on top form, they played with so much energy and passion and I thought they were fantastic. Metric sound huge. They know it too. Emily mentioned about the show they played at the Barfly a few years ago, and chatted to the crowd about how it’s her dream to be the hybrid or the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, joking about ‘when you all get pissed off at us cos you have to come see us at a stadium‘. She did quite alot of rambling but it seemed genuine and straight from her heart. You can hear that speech in this video here, which also has Gimme Sympathy. I do like Gimme Sympathy, I’ve liked it in it’s various incarnations since I first heard the version they debuted on Myspace’s Hey! Play This in 2007. I love the line about ‘you gotta make mistakes, you’re young’. Right on! They were clearly very happy to be playing, Emily was bouncing about all over the stage. They were clearly hugely appreciative of their legion of adoring fans. Damn legion, I think my ribcage and arms are destroyed after the surge of people trying to touch Emily. The crowd loved her.

They went away and upon their return busted out Monster Hospital and a very sweet, slow, beautiful version of Live It Out. Amazing.

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One Response to Review: Metric at the Electric Ballroom

  1. Akira May 27, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    You should probably focus less on what you had for breakfast and what the weather was like, and more on the gig. Given that you’d blagged your way in with the promise of a review, the least you could do it put some effort into it.

    “Damn list lady wouldn’t give me my photopass even though I definately had one, I had to call the PR lady and she super kindly she sent someone down and he sorted it for me. I went and joined Bobbles & co at the front, we decided not to go in the photopit because then we’d have to go to the back after the 3 songs. This prooved to be super wise, as the security let us shoot through the whole show whenever we wanted.”

    I wasted my time reading this.
    Cut to the chase, nobody cares.

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