Live Review: Metric – Academy 2, Manchester [31st January 2023]

The cult Canadian indie lifers bring their lengthy catalogue of hits to Manchester Academy.

“Haines has been one of indie’s greatest frontpeople for a very long time.  Her voice is a strong, cool, arresting instrument which has not only managed to stay in pristine health over the years but also revealed new contours, as with the falsetto coos on “Black Sheep” and rock ballad weather to the chorus of “Enemies of the Ocean.”  She’s not much for stage banter, beyond noting that it’s been nearly five years since they last played Manchester – “too long,” as she states throughout the evening – but she’s able to control an audience from both presence, dressed in a sparkling jumpsuit and similarly-sparkling leather jacket, and energy, bouncing along like a boxer to almost every single song and never once hitting a bum note.  As magnetic as she and her lyrics can be on-record, that effect is amplified on-stage.  The short speech she gives at the gig’s climax about how much it means to her and the band that they get to keep touring for fans is arguably unnecessary, one can already tell that just from watching her perform.”

Full review exclusively on Soundsphere Magazine (link).

Callie Petch thought this was just what everyone did.


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