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Concert Photography, Concert Reviews

Photos + Review: Metric, Interpol, Spoon, Bartees Strange @ Budweiser Stage

By: Curtis Sindrey –

TORONTO, ON. – Aug. 26 – Metric performs at Budweiser Stage in Toronto, Ontario on August 26, 2022. (Photo: Curtis Sindrey for Aesthetic Magazine)

Indie rock/electropop band Metric enjoyed a homecoming of sorts last night when they brought their ongoing “Doomscroller Tour” to Budweiser Stage in Toronto.

Joined by indie rock heavyweights Interpol, and Spoon, along with newcomer Bartees Strange, the Toronto-based quartet carved through a 17-song set-list that spanned their entire discography, and included a special treat for local fans in the form of a Broken Social Scene cover. During their 4-song encore, Emily Haines and co. busted out beloved BSS track “Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl”, which received a loud and sustained applause from the nearly sold-out crowd. It was a lovely surprise which melted the hearts of long-time fans.

The set overall featured six songs from their new album, Formentera, which was released last month in the form of “Doomscroller”, “All Comes Crashing”, “Formentera”, “Enemies of the Ocean”, “Paths in the Sky”, and “What Feels Like Eternity.” The new tracks gain even more new influences like disco, eurodance, and the like, and with the island of the same name, which is the namesake of the album, it’s less about being an actual place, and more like creating an escape over things you can’t control, which speaks volumes to today’s world.

Whether you’re new to Metric’s pop hooks, and synth-laden beats, there’s always a collective sense of a joy seeing them live and last night was no different.

New York indie rockers Interpol enjoyed their typical vibe of tailored suits, sunglasses, and ALL THE SMOKE as they performed a mix of old favourites like “Evil”, “PDA”, and “Slow Hands”, and new album cuts “Toni”, “Fables”, and “Gran Hotel”.

Beloved indie rock band Spoon brought their tightly melodic new album Lucifer on the Sofa, along with a string of early-to-mid-2000s favourites as they stormed through a 16-song set-list that had hints of their classic indie rock flavour, along with rock-and-roll, piano ballads, and motown.

Indie rock newcomer Bartees Strange, who dropped his new album, Farm to Table, earlier this year, brought a unique mix of rock, R&B, hip-hop, and a plethora of other sounds to his all too brief set. At some points, he gave a frenzied, chaotic vibe, and other times soft and delicate. He is a talent to watch for sure.

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