Metric's Emily Haines seems to be very comfortable with the crowd taking in Metric's 2006 show. No surprise here, she's playing in Montreal, in front of the home town crowd. Even by just listening on your iPod, you can tell that this is a very intimate show and a special night for all involved.
The disc opens with "Live it Out", and the raw energy from the crowd is further enhanced by the passion of the band. Although Metric is known for their studio work, their stage presence is immediately apparent, especially with Haines' engagement with the crowd.
The show is brought into high gear with the opening riff of "Patriarch on a Vespa". The tempo in this song is ever changing but it sets a very stark mood, which is just what the crowd paid for. Reminiscent of ‘90s bands like Elastica and Republica, Metric carries the same energy live that these bands of old were known for.
"The Police and the Private" slows the tempo down, but the room is clearly just as captivated. It's clear the audience is hanging on every note, every word and every nuance and are rewarded for their engagement.
The show rounds out with the sprawling, nearly 15-minute "Dead Disco" which delivers the maximum payoff.
Metric is renowned for their thrilling live shows and if this live disc is any indicator, those waiting to see them on this upcoming tour will be duly pleased.
Review by: Dave Shorr
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