It’s indisputable that Metronomy are bloody cool. Still warm from a summer festival tour and a flirtation with the Mercury prize, they are at the top of their game.After years of being dubbed ‘hyped-up hopefuls’, they have now successfully established themselves as main players in British music.
And this success has not gone a miss. There’s a newfound ferocity to them, an unapologetic shoulder turned on their more enigmatic, youthful self and in their place a confident and reputable band.
The significance of a crowded Leadmill was not ignored by the band. Having only played to five people in Leadmill several years earlier, lead singer, Joseph Mount told us: ‘It is an honour.’
They took to the stage adorned by the light bulbs which were once synonymous with their performances, and perhaps will be again.
The night opened with classics including ‘A thing for me’ and ‘Love underlined’. Like a low impact earthquake hitting the front row, by the end of several songs the crowd were sloshing at the walls captivated by Metronomy’s delicious funky sound.
Metronomy continued to play ‘The Look’ and as Oscar Cash took to the sax, they danced like we once remember them, flailing and lunging over the stage – co-ordinated of course.
Having been lucky enough to have seen Metronomy earlier this summer, there was a noticeable lack of synth in their performance. (Though a noticeable lack of alcohol, so I could be wrong there.) But what deficit the synth left was filled more than sufficiently by a cowbell which even the most tenacious hater of ‘the clap along’ found hard to resist.
Hits such as ‘The Bay’, ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘She wants’ from April’s album release: “The English Riviera” had even the laggards in the swollen crowd dancing along.
If I had not known the band were from Devon I’d have assumed these people were all their parents, parents’ friends and acquaintances as many looked eligible for free bus passes, but what a compliment to Metronomy that their music is so universally appreciated.
An ironic metal tone was adopted for latter songs and was continually interjected throughout the night, much to everyone’s pleasure. This change allowed an otherwise out-of-place mosh pit to condense and evaporate almost instantaneously.
Metronomy were successfully able to orienteer their way through their three albums seamlessly, keeping their new fans as interested as their old and the crowd continually dancing.
There’s something incredibly refreshing about Metronomy. They make great music without seriousness, create good-time nostalgic electronica without it being too cutesy and present it with such sincerity and passion it’s impossible not to enjoy.
I’m positive with such continually strong performances and catchy songs they’ll be impossible not to enjoy for years to come.