photos and words by Chona Kasinger
Though regretfully absent at the last Broken Social Scene show at the Showbox Sodo in February, jack-of-all-trades front woman Emily Haines and friends took center stage at the Showbox at the Market last night around 10:20 PM. The heat inside this sold out venue swelled to a calescent broil as Canadian five piece Metric blasted off into an onslaught of their vast catalogue, including their new single “Help Me I’m Alive.” Around five songs in, Haines paused to plaudit Washington’s own Bear Creek Studios before dedicating the 6th track off their new album, Fantasies, “Gimme Sympathy” to Seattle, in which she curiously broods “Who would you rather be, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?”
Haines glass doll voice has a breathy, yet breathless quality at the same time. The contrast of this with James Shaw’s sporadic shredding on guitar highlighted the band’s trademark musical aesthetic as they dove into the ambulance-wailing intro of dancer “Dead Disco.” There was certainly no shortage of pretty girls in dresses honing their best dance moves.
Metric was recently added to the crescive list of bands on the Bumbershoot lineup this year. Catch them on Monday night while you eat your funnel cakes and tall (and egregiously greasy) order of curly fries!