With CMJ madness in full swing, we came out of hiding from it for our first Metronomy show at MOHW. On this night the British band was the epitome of light-hearted fun, adorableness and, dare I say it, quirk.
Below borderline creepy painted portraits, hometown-proud mastermind Joseph Mount and co. brought his addictive dance pop ditties to life to a sold-out crowd, the jovial energy of the studio recording amplified tenfold. Metronomy got the place pulsating, much like the bulbs on their tops, to the beat of our favorite danceables like “Heartbreaker,” “Love Underlined,” “The Bay” and “A Thing for Me.” The main set closed with the slow simmer of “Some Written” though the night ended after a two-song encore: starting with the sweetness of “Everything Goes My Way” and ending with a massive power up via “Radio Ladio.”
On the stage, we admired from afar Oscar Cash's multi-instrumental awesome (epic sax, ftw!) and drummer Anna Prior playing like a crazy, working a green sequin catsuit like we never could. As mad lovers of Metronomy’s low-end, the man of the night was bassist (and impeccable dresser) Gbenga Adelekan. This dude has been grooving from the womb and the evidence is in his infallible bringing of the funk.
It would have been an absolute flawless first time if we weren’t in the back with the least enthusiastic part of the audience. Luckily, Joseph announced their return is set for March and we can indulge in a dancey do-over next year. —Cheep