By: Adam Harrison –
Metric, who is rounding out their world tour in Canada, made a stop at MuchMusic in Toronto on Tuesday night for a special LIVE AT MUCH W/ METRIC broadcast before they receive some “stadium love” this weekend at the Air Canada Centre with openers Stars, appropriately ending their tour in their hometown.
The quartet has been on tour supporting their latest album, Synthetica, for the better part of five months, including several festival shows such as Osheaga in Montreal in August and Lollapalooza in Chicago, which drew crowds upwards of 90,000 people per day. However, this night was about giving back to a couple hundred lucky and devoted fans. Metric performed an intimate, eight-song set for the dedicated fans who lined up for the special appearance.
The set featured songs spanning their four album discography. They opened with Synthetica’s first single, “Youth Without Youth.” Front woman, vocalist, and keyboardist, Emily Haines, began on the keyboard and whipped her hair around in true rock star fashion. She then traded her keys for a tambourine for “Help, I’m Alive,” which kept our hearts “beating like a hammer.” The first portion of the show ended with their breakthrough hit “Monster Hospital,” played at full intensity, before a short interview break.
Metric is now one of the most internationally known Canadian bands and have significantly contributed to the revival of the Canadian indie music scene over the last several years. Synthetica, a follow up to 2009’s smash hit album, Fantasies, is now their most successful album to date, hitting number two and twelve on the Canadian and U.S. album charts respectively. The album opens with Haines dropping the f-bomb in the first line. During the interview portion of the performance, she said that she was a little worried about it at first but explained that it has become somewhat of a chant for fans at the beginning of every show. “Everyone has their own issues,” said Haines, “this was just a way of expressing it.”
Metric began the second half of the set with a stripped down, acoustic version of “Gimme Sympathy” featuring only Haines and guitarist Jimmy Shaw, exposing a softer side to the duo. However, it wasn’t long before the band and audience were on their feet again as Metric reached back to their 2003 debut album Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? for “Dead Disco,” one of the most upbeat tracks in their catalogue. Their latest single “Breathing Underwater” followed with Haines returning to the keyboard. She then joined Shaw with her own axe for “Gold Gun Girls” before ending the night with the traditional set closer “Stadium Love.”
Metric have grown substantially in talent and following over the past decade – From headlining university frosh weeks to headlining stadiums and theatres around the world. If Tuesday night was any sign of things to come this Saturday at the ACC, fans are in for a great show.