Concerts, at their very best, are far more than musicians on a stage giving energy to an audience. They convey electricity that moves beyond the music and allows an audience to return energy back to the artists themselves. It becomes a communal experience shared by the guy in the antlers, the girl with the giraffe mask on her head, the elderly gentlemen in the clown costume, the kid with the tin foil alien hat, the 16 year old first concert goer and the band themselves. Last night while playing the Danforth, Metric seemed acutely aware of this.
With animal masks of their own, Metric took the stage and quickly broke into “Lie Lie Lie” from their barely one week old album Pagans In Vegas. Out of the mask, Emily Haines bounced across the stage now adorned in Christmas-lit peacock feathers and had the floor singing along. It was spectacle of the highest order, including a trippy lightshow to boot, and one embraced by the audience as a whole.
Leaning heavily on their new record, Metric left no room for popular numbers like “Stadium Love”, “Monster Hospital”, or “Gimme Sympathy” and honestly, they weren’t needed. The band had come prepared and used a mix of charisma, well rehearsed tunes and a light show that would put many arena acts to shame.
Hell, the only technical glitch of the night came when so much fog was released; the whole stage all but disappeared from view. The thing is, everyone was having so much fun it all seemed to be just another added highlight in the festivities.
By the time the encore ended, washed in bubbles, paper cannon explosions and Haines singing “Celebrate”, the meaning of the night’s events became clear. Concerts, at their core, are more than a mere performance… they are a shared celebration of life shared by everyone wanting to escape mediocrity and, if only for a moment, join the weirdness of an epic event. Fun, epic and righteously weird – I call that a pretty good night.