Having never been to the K-Rock Centre for a concert and this being my second time seeing Metric live, I had mixed emotions about what to expect. Looking less than half-full, the crowd was pumped for Metric’s opener, Stars. Calling Montreal Quebec home, the members of Stars, Torquil Campbell, Evan Cranley, Patrick McGee, Amy Millan and Chris Seligman, have proved they have lasting power on the Canadian stage with their September 2012 release of The North which was released under ATO Records. Stars’ set comprised of songs of the recently released album mixed
with crowd favourites. Stars boasts high energy and a muli-talented group members who love to perform. You could tell by fan reactions their more popular songs off the set list.
During the intermission the crowd started to swell on the floor as you could feel the tension rise. When the independent electro-rock group Metric hit the stage the wall of sound erupting from the crowd was deafening, members Emily Haines (Vocals, Keys), Jimmy Shaw ( Guitars, Vocals), Joshua Winstead (Bass)and Joules Scott-Key (Drums) hit the stage. I found interesting that it looked like Emily had restored an antique style set of keys to play. On tour with their seventh studio album Synthetica is where most of their set list came from. They were sure to play older favourites like “Gold Gun Girls” from the album Fantasies and Dead Disco from album Old World Underground, Where are you now? I was left wondering if Emily had a dance back ground as she often had a pattern of moving when interacting with the crowd. Their set was a mix of colourful lighting and powerfully blended vocals with a three song encore which included their song Black Sheep off of the Scott Pilgrim vs the World soundtrack (2010), which is also a fan favourite. Also, Metric took time out to thank the fans and acknowledge them in their success thus far. I learned Emily Hines has a very positive personality with a real passion for her work. Thank you to the Staff and Promoters of the Venue – the K-Rock Centre – who are always very courteous and professional. I hope to work with them again soon.