Metric Send Sparse Colisée Crowd Soaring

Metric Send Sparse Colisée Crowd Soaring

The attendees were few in number, yet attentive, for the Metric show that took place Thursday night at the Colisée Pepsi. Producing hypnotic rhythms and an abrasive atmostphere, lead singer Emily Haines sang, similar to her show at the Festival d’Été this summer, most of her songs from her most recent album: Synthetica.

During his visit to Quebec in July 2012, Metric had crammed the Parc de la Francophonie. However, only a few months later, Metric’s show at the Colisée seemed rather bare, with only 2500 audience members.

Emily Haines, who was raised in Toronto Canada, nevertheless delivered a performance full of energy and good times. From the first song, Artificial Nocturn, Emily played the seduction card and did not hesitate to get in front of press photographers for a few shots before going to stand behind her keyboard with a casual and determined rock attitude.

One can even say that the singer was in high spirits, rewarding her fans with a “Thank you” and what sounded like a “Hello Quebec City” during Help I’m Alive, an unusual intervention and warmly welcomed to the one that used to let the music speak for itself, binding the songs without an actual transition. She even slipped in a “Je me souviens” and a short speech of thanks prior to the introduction of Gimme Sympathy.

Although Haines captured practically all of the attention, Jimmy Shawm, Josua Winstead, and Joules Scott-Key, still delivered an inspiring performance, that may have lacked a certain degree of energy, at her sides

Musically, Metric has a great sense of rhythm. Their concert played out as a series of elaborated heartbeats that gave the audience a need to move. Although the futuristic keyboards and spacey effects were tiring at times, the rock passages carried through right until the end. Honestly, the crowd would have loved more from the group, and would have appreciated to see a bigger boost of energy from Emily Haines.

Speed the Collapse, Empty, and Dead Disco, the group’s first big hits, made the crowd dance, but there was not an immense feeling of union throughout the audience.
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LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer

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