Dressed in their signature white suits, Metronomy played Fortune Sound Club on Tuesday night to a sold-out Vancouver crowd in support of their latest release Love Letters. Although it’s been a while since their last show here, they are no strangers to our city.
In 2012, while touring their album The English Riviera, Metronomy played at Rogers Arena supporting Coldplay. That was the same year they rocked Coachella, and went on to support other bands such as Bloc Party. With their massive European success, Metronomy landed in Vancouver only days after headlining Field Day in London, England.
“Canada is always receptive,” said Metronomy’s Joseph Mount. “I have lots of memories of playing loads of different places in Vancouver. We’ve been here around seven times over the period over seven years. It feels quite familiar.” And whether playing in Rogers Arena or Fortune, their energy remains the same through the various sizes of crowds and venues. “We’re pretty adaptable really, it’s a nice thing to have different types of success in different parts of the world. It keeps you on your toes.” Bassist Gbenga Adelekan added that there is still a lot of variety in their live shows, which keeps it exciting. “We played a show in Kansas a few weeks ago where there was about 150 people there, but we put as much into as we did when we headlined Field Day. People always get the same level of commitment regardless of the [venue] size.”
Fans of the instrumental electronic band will notice a difference in sound with this fourth album, which has been well received by music critics. The album’s core consists of a more raw and retro feel to it. Recorded London’s Toe Rag Studios, Love Letters goes back to the basics of music. “The nice thing about it is it always comes down to songs and the way you approach a record and recording in a place like Toe Rag, is you have to think about songs in a much more advanced way,” said Mount. “In terms of time, you have to plan ever thing and arrange songs in a much more prepared way. You have to edit and do everything, so it’s a different way of doing it and the inspiration there was more from traditional song writing and a lot of that was from the 60’s era.”
Mount said that he got into the idea of making things simple, the “way that people used to do things in the old days” when many of the band’s favourite records were produced. “There are always a couple of ways that I am thinking when I am thinking about a new record and it’s the music side of it and the production side of it. I started writing and making music in the digital age and there’s something appealing about trying to make a record in the same way people made all these great records – and see if it was still possible.”
In Metronomy’s case, it was definitely possible, with the album reaching number seven in UK charts in its first week of release. And at Fortune Tuesday night, although the crowd roared in excitement for their older hits such as “The Look” and “The Bay”, the band got a lot of screams and dances during their latest singles “Love Letters” and the mellower “I’m Aquarius.”
Local fans, especially anyone who missed out on the sold-out show, will be happy to know that the band plans on returning later this year. “I think there are plans to come back towards the end of the year, and it would be nice to come back and do some festivals next year,” Mount said. And besides the music, the guys seem to enjoy sushi in Vancouver, and are hoping to explore the country more in the near future.
“It would be nice to come back on a holiday, and not play a gig,” Mount laughed.
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