In support of their latest album Art of Doubt (released in 2018), Metric’s 2019 tour stopped at the majestic Kings Theatre on Monday, February 18th. Co-headlining the tour is Mexican band, Zoé, who recently won the Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album Grammy Award for “Aztlán”. Rounding out the lineup was fellow Canadian band, July Talk.
The evening started early as July Talk hit the stage at 7pm. Lead singers Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay played off each other and tried to get the early crowd moving. There was one very tall gentleman on stage left that was up and dancing the whole set.
If you think Zoé wasn’t a true co-headliner, you’d be wrong. A very large number of fans in the audience were there to see, dance, and sing along to every song. Playing in front of a combination of moody red lighting and strobes, singer León Larregui had Kings Theatre standing and celebrating. And having been around for over 20 years, their setlist was comprehensive.
Metric is one of those bands that’s been around awhile, have had some great songs, everyone seems to know them, and yet you wonder why they aren’t even bigger. Their seventh and latest record, Art of Doubt, brings them back to a guitar focused sound and away from the last couple of synth-centric albums. Lead Emily Haines definitely did not disappoint as she bounced around the stage for the full set. The first have of the set was heavily weighted to songs from their latest record with a couple of older hits thrown in. However, the second half of the set was filled with our favorite standards including “Black Sheep” (from Scott Pilgrim vs the World), “Combat Baby” and “Dead Disco” (their first two singles), “Gimme Shelter,” “Sick Muse,” and “Gold Gun Girls.” Their 3 song encore closed out the night with “Help, I’m Alive.”
As it is after every Metric show, I remember why they are such a great indie band. After 15 yrs, they haven’t missed a step and Emily’s distinctive voice is as strong as it has ever been. I look forward to their next trip back to NYC. In the meantime, check out Art of Doubt. You won’t regret it.
Article: Howard Shiau