Help, I’m alive; my heart keeps beating like a hammer. . . .

I’m a big  fan of Metric.

blog-27Feb2012-photo1The indie sweethearts are Canadian (Torontonians, no less); they make great music, sound even better live, and seem really down-to-earth.

So, you can imagine my sheer and unadulterated pleasure when I learned that they’ve set a release date for their new, highly-anticipated album, Synthetica (that date is June 12 – so mark your calendars!).

Anyway, that got me thinking (waaaay) back to the first time that I saw Metric live in 2006. They were performing a free gig for the University of Toronto Frosh Week. They were super late, and I was super annoyed.

At this point, I should probably mention that I wasn’t that in to Metric in ’06. They were okay, but nothing spectacular, in my opinion.

But my entire opinion of the four-piece group was completed turned upside-down when the band took stage. Their live performance is something to be reckoned with. It’s as near perfect as you can get: improvised enough that it’s relaxed and not too scripted, but structured enough that the fans from albums past can relate; plus, it had the most perfect mix of new and old to keep everyone happy.

I last saw Metric in 2010 at the Molson Amphitheatre. I had lawn seats (which are the best kinds of seats at the Amphitheatre), and I had a blast.

Metric’s performance was, again, perfect, and they cemented themselves in my personal roster of musicians to love forever.

And I can’t help but think that if I hadn’t given them the chance  those six years ago (holy cow – six years!!!), I may never have had the pleasure of seeing them perform again and again.

 

Has seeing a band play live ever changed your opinion of them?

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