Report: Metric Live in Rochester

 

 

September
6 at the Water Street Music Hall, Emily Haines & Co. crushed.

 

By April S.
Engram

 

Touring in
support of their fifth release, Synthetica,
Metric played the album almost in entirety (only three songs did not appear on
their setlist); they added just a few older, fan favorites. The first stop of
their fall tour, the Canadian quartet thrilled an enthusiastic audience despite
a few technical difficulties.

 

The band was
greeted by delighted cheers and applause when they graced the stage. Emily
Haines (vocals, synthesizer), James Shaw (guitar, keyboard), Joshua Winstead
(bass, keyboard), and Joules Scott-Key (drums) waved to the Rochester crowd, approached their instruments
and played the first track of Synthetica.
They played the first 3 tracks from the album in succession and the audience cheered
at the start of each song and gleefully sang along with Emily. “Youth Without
Youth,” the first single of the album, is a great live track as Emily commands
“on the count of three jump with me…” and the excited members of the audience
happily obliged.

 

 

 

All was going
well for the band as they methodically transitioned to the next song on their
list. The upbeat and extremely catchy drum riff of “Lost Kitten” filled the
air; the crowd roared and again sang along. About a quarter ways through the
song the effects went haywire and decided to keep its own beat, Emily turned to
Joules and motioned for him to stop. While the gents attempted to mend the machine, Emily apologized and for
the first time had a chat with the audience, “How are you,” she began. In a
stream on consciousness Emily blissfully noted that the show was the first of
their fall tour, thanked the audience for the warm reception,
mentioned how she and the guys just left their studios in Canada and asked if
there were any Canadians in the room. A few hands shot in the air as the fans
from her native land jumped and shouted in response. “Sprinkles in the mist,”
Emily joked. She then turned to James, “ok, we’ll just move on,” she noted.
They left the song in the dust and commenced everyone’s favorite track from
their third LP, Live It Out, “Empty.”

 

“Dead Disco” had
to make an appearance this night and luckily it did. Upon the first few notes
the crowd erupted in cheers as Emily
jokingly approached the mic and coifed her hair in preparation. They closed the
set with loud number “Stadium Love” but quickly returned for their encore.
After two songs, Josh and Joules left the stage as James and Emily remained.
James reached for his acoustic and played background as Emily again thanked the
crowd and again went on a stream of consciousness tangent of how-in the moment
with James on the acoustic with all becoming calm-felt like Willie Nelson. And
confessed her love for Willie. (I mean, who doesn’t!)

 

 

 

 

Soon enough
Emily began a slow, acoustic version of “Gimme Sympathy,” to which the audience
sang with her. “Sounds good,” she added as the room almost overtook her on the
mic. When the song was almost finished Josh and Joules jumped back on the
stage, clapped and sang along as well. They ended the song with a bow, again
waved goodbye to everyone, jumped off the front of the stage and shook the
hands of the fans in the front row. One fan was disappointed that she could not
share in this moment, dipped below the barrier and bounded over to shake
Emily’s hand. The singer obliged and extended her hand before leaving for the
night-can’t take mothers anywhere sometimes.
Though disappointed that the band decided to not play more tracks from previous
albums, several fans shouted for “Hustle Rose”-a song I desired to hear as
well-Metric sounds great live.

 

 

Setlist:

 

Artificial Nocturne

Youth Without
Youth

Speed the
Collapse

Dreams So Real

Lost Kitten

Empty

Help I’m Alive

Synthetica

Clone

Breathing
Underwater

Dead Disco

Stadium Love

 

Encore:

Monster Hospital

Gold Guns Girls

Gimme Sympathy

 


 

 

 

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