On a dreary and cold November night, Metronomy packs out the O2 Academy in Leeds, playing a spectacular show as part of their Metronomy Forever tour. The British band’s career spans twenty years and six albums, forming a repertoire of comfortably poppy, post-indie electronica which translates into an energetic live performance as the evening unfolds.
Newcomers Squid warm up the anticipative crowd, showcasing an array of fractured and psyched-out post-punk brilliance. With distorted layers of electronic production and bizarre yet thought-provoking lyrics, Squid are an exciting act who are clearly unafraid to have fun. The Brighton based five-piece blend raw expressive vocals with groovy instrumental experimentation to create a distinctive sound that is lapped up by tonight’s audience.
When the lights dim and Metronomy take the stage, led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Joseph Mount, the crowd erupts into applause and a frantically enthusiastic energy settles across the room. Opening the set with a slew of fan favourites – music that can only be described as synth-infused and serotonin-fuelled – Metronomy quickly engage the crowd who dance and sing as one.
Rich sonic palettes are no doubt a defining part of Metronomy’s artistry, as well as cacophonous overlaps of heady bass guitar, electronic keys and upbeat percussion. Metronomy have found their niche – there’s a clear consistency amongst their discography, from classic songs such as 'The Look' and 'Corinne', to newer tracks 'Insecurity' and 'Salted Caramel Ice Cream'. Each song is well received by the crowd, and an impromptu mosh pit of indie kids forms in the centre of the stalls.
Mount chats with the audience in a delightfully uncharismatic way – he tells stories which define the band’s “long and illustrious history” with Leeds, involving the 2011 earthquake, and driving up north in a Honda Civic, listening to Panic at the Disco for the entire journey. Relaying mundane stories like this to a receptive crowd shows a deeper connection than just music – Mount and his bandmates evidently have a lot of love for their fans and are grateful for their continued support over the years.
After a long set, an encore is encouraged, which Metronomy eagerly welcome. Picking up their guitars for one, possibly two more songs, they re-enter the stage to end the night on a more mellow note. It’s a sweet closing to a high-octane performance, proving that Metronomy have an untapped versatility as live performers, which will surely follow the band as their long career continues to advance before them.
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Live photos by Mark Ellis.
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