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Metric Love Rocks the Orpheum

Published: November 17, 2009

On tour for their fourth studio album, Fantasies, Metric played the Orpheum theatre in Vancouver on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 to a crowd of avid listeners.

Having mostly seen Metric play 19plus shows, the all-ages aspect of their show drew attention to the fact that, thanks in part to the new local radio station The Peak, Metric is gaining some status with a younger as well as a more mainstream music audience.

The band’s gilded performance dazzled and not just because of the lights or singer Emily Haines’ gold sequined dress. Blending songs from Fantasies with hits from Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? and Live It Out, the foursome played a solid show, complete with Haines’ characteristic dancing and even some inspirational chit chat between songs.

Haines stated that it’s time for our ADD, MySpace generation to produce another band like Led Zeppelin, and although she didn’t volunteer Metric to fill those shoes, most of the audience members would likely have been happy to nominate them. Before breaking into an unyielding performance of Gimme Sympathy Haines continued, “it’s not about romanticizing the past but acknowledging what sucks about the present,” as she crumbled a plastic cup that an audience member had left sitting on the edge of the stage – “this was just a convenient example.” Although her monologue wasn’t met with quite the volume of cheers that this indie-rock loving environmentalist would have liked to hear, their set sure was.

Haines and guitarist James Shaw finished the night with an acoustic performance of Combat Baby; a beautiful sing-a-long ending the night with coos of “Bye Bye Baby” and Haines reaching out to touch the hands of the lucky listeners up front. The final show on their Canadian tour, Metric’s rock-solid performance at the Orpheum showed off their “stadium loving” skill while capitalizing on the intensity behind the music.

Visit for more information about the band and to listen to a preview of Fantasies. In exchange for an email address Metric often offers free acoustic downloads on their site!

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