I knew that I would be in for something special for this concert, in a number of ways actually. First, I had never seen this band live, and second, close friends of mine are quite dedicated to the fan base of Metric. Before the concert, I copped the discography of Metric and gave it many a play through, so be satisfied throughout. There was only one test left; the live show.
Enter the corner of Western and Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles; the historic and acoustically amazing Wiltern theatre. I hadn’t been there since seeing Mindless Self Indulgence quite some time before, but I knew that the sound quality would be something to be admired, unless the band didn’t come through for me.
Just to be clear, I believe that Metric has some of the greatest fans in the world, as my close friend Marina L. landed on a plane from ITALY at LAX early, and changed in the car just be there for the show. Accompanying her were Megan H. and Sarah R. (also diehard fans), while I rolled up with former concert mate Jessica T. (who got me into Metric in the first place).
After a lovely opener by 3 piece band Band of Skulls, and Sebastien Grainger’s (formerly of Death From Above 1979) new band, Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains, we prepared ourselves for what I would discover to be one of the top live performances I have ever seen. To reflect though, Grainger really needs to be given more credit as a hard working musician. Also, for those not in the know, Grainger is a co-owner of Giant Studios with Metric’s own Jimmy Shaw up in Toronto.
After a short intermission, Metric opened up with a payload of energy with Twilight Galaxy from their new album (which I reviewed if you somehow missed it). As lame as I feel saying it, my heart honestly swelled as soon as the bridge (2:20 on the track time) hit and the lights shone upon us standing right there in the front row. To try and cover my masculinity, I believe it was a mixture of the lights and calculated notes on Josh’s keyboards.
But honestly, it was amazing song after amazing song. The sound quality was perfect for us, even at the front row. Usually I hate being up front at shows, because I constantly have to bat away moshing assholes, but this was pure love.
The band looked great, and their power never wavered. Hell, Emily even felt a bit nostalgic talking about her days of running around the big cities getting into trouble, smoking herb and living hard..maybe even getting booked. She joked about playing the Hollywood Bowl, and the way they are headed with these beautiful live shows, they aren’t far away at all.
Throughout the night, they played mostly tracks from their album, which was fine by me. Here’s the set list from the night:
Help I’m Alive
Gold Guns Girls
Gimme Sympathy (which I admit singing the chorus gleefully to)
Sick Muse (which might be one of the best live songs I’ve ever heard)
Live It Out
The entire concert was a blast, and surprisingly so, because it’s a band that I didn’t know very well. But even so, this was one of my top ten concerts of all time for sure. Call me overoptimistic and zealous if you want, but you have to see it to believe it.
Finally, big up to the guitar tech. I mean, seriously, this had to be the hardest working guitar tech I’ve ever seen; changing out Jimmy’s guitar after almost every song, tuning a new guitar inbetween. This concert has solidified my fandom for Metric, and I can’t wait to see this band live again in the future.
Seriously though, go cop Metric’s latest album Fantasies if you haven’t already, it’s as staggeringly beautiful as Emily’s gold flecked dress.
Until next time my friends,
P.S.- Big up to Jessica T. for driving out from Palmdale, and Megan H. driving me back home after some well deserved In n Out.