Currently on tour supporting their sixth studio album ‘Pagans in Vegas, ’ the four-piece act Metric roared into the Palladium before a capacity crowd. The ‘I can See The End’ tour fronted by Emily Haines began with ‘IOU’ from their first effort. Metallic blues with heavy layers of fog consumed the stage as they battled with blinding strobe lights that drove the audience into a wild frenzy. Stationed comfortably behind a bedazzled keyboard, Haines lead the dedicated fan base into an onslaught raid of infectious energy that transcended seamlessly after every song. Accompanied by a chant driven tambourine and an intricate laser display, the night packed lightning bolt intensity with chaotic rhythms that demanded attention.

The mid-tempo electronic waves kept the audience in oblivion as they delivered another yet stellar performance. Their musical dimension was handsomely compliment by their wide range of upbeat foot stomping melodies and soothing electric-pitched strings. Haines’ crowd interaction made the audience a major part of their musical performance. After delivering acapella versions of ‘Raw Sugar’ and ‘Hustle Rose, ’ Metric was joined on stage by a large crowd to perform an acoustic version of ‘Dreams So Real.’ The song split the venue into separate verse additions while collaborating with the general admission and mezzanine levels.

With a healthy mixture of blues like bass lines and dirty guitar riffs that lingered, fans adapted to the intoxicating elements by chiming in to the bands trademark chorus repetition. After a brief recess, Metric concluded their twenty-three song set list with a four track encore performance. ‘Gimmie Sympathy’ channeled the room energy for another powerful acoustic delivery alongside lead guitarist James Shaw while signing off to ‘Breathing Underwater’. Metric’s ability to provide innovation and creativity during every tour highlights their versatility after nearly two decades. Their headlining tour expands across the United States through the spring and concludes April first in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Tour dates below.

Photos by: JACOB GAITAN

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