Metronomy @ The Social (March 5 2008)

“A barrage of screeching, whirling, gothic dance music” was one description of Metronomy’s performance at Reading festival last year. Nottingham’s Bodega Social was the last date of their latest romp around the UK and no one was expecting a quiet night out. Front man Joseph Mount comes from “London via Brighton (by way of Devon)” as he puts it. Geographically confused he may be but on stage, his choreography told a different story alongside band members Gabriel Stebbing and Oscar Cash. A well-executed light display consisted of custom made t-shits and a mini strobe-like guitar gizmo. Mount capped the display by freezing his large frame stylishly between beats, in a manner only reproduced in music videos. The lack of screeching, whirling or gothic dance impressed a crowd who seemed more interested in well crafted, intricate electro pop than in a night of mayhem. There is even talk of the trio moving to Nottingham. Whether true or not, they will be back later this year for Dot-to-Dot Festival.


James Ballard


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