Out and About: Metric at the Bowery Ballroom
  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

  • Posted by: Stephanie Orentas

I distinctly remember the first time I heard Metric. I was in the passenger seat of my sister's car while she popped in a mix CD a friend had made her. The first song was "Succexy". The haunting melodies of Old World Undeground, Where Are You Now? stuck with me since then. Yesterday at the Bowery Ballroom, Metric sprinkled some oldies into their setlist and gave about 500 of their biggest fans an unforgettable and intimate sold-out show playing classic songs like "Love Is A Place", "Empty", and a mash up of "Patriarch On A Vespa" and "Handshakes".

There wasn't a quiet soul last night; the crowd was belting out every lyric back towards the stage. Emily Haine's hair rose up as if to catch the electricity between the band and the audience. The band exchanged nervous laughter before diving into the oldies, playing them as they were back in the early 2000s and anxious about the show. Emily asked the audience, "Did you get everything you wanted from your Metric show?" which was followed by a roaring, wordless response that assured her the crowd was happy. The intimacy of show wasn't reserved for the closeness to the band, but by the periodic song confessions. Emily declared her love for performing at the Bowery Ballroom, shouting "Why would I perform anywhere else?" and talked about Metric's long career, "I wouldn't have done it any differently."

A personal highlight of the night was Emily singing into the microphone, "So Succexy!" a brief nod to my nostalgic Metric memories.













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Setlist:
Nothing But Time
Youth Without Youth
Speed The Collapse
Ending Start
Empty
Patriarch On A Vespa/Handshakes
Help, I'm Alive
Love Is A Place
Synthetica
Clone
Breathing Underwater
Sick Muse
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Police And The Private
Too Little Too Late
Glass Ceiling
Gold, Guns, Girls
Gimme Sympathy

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