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Review: Metronomy at the O2 Academy in Newcastle

Mathew Di Salvo went along to see experimental electropop group  Metronomy play to a packed out Newcastle audience

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Ian West/PA Wire Metronomy arriving for the 2014 NME Awards, at Brixton Academy, London
Metronomy arriving for the 2014 NME Awards, at Brixton Academy, London

On the promo tour for their highly anticipated new album, Love Letters, Metronomy played an electric set to a packed hall.

Love Letters flaunts the band’s musical versatility and their energetic but effortless insouciance allowed them to alternate from the new album to 2011’s The English Riviera with ease, sometimes visiting their even earlier work. Playful and enthusiastic, but with minimal interaction with the crowd, Metronomy lit up the Academy with everyone seemingly touched by their infectious coolness.

Opening with Monstrous – from the new record – the antique synths immediately set a retro atmosphere.

With a bright pink backdrop, flashing lilac lights and matching well-fitted red suits, it was as if the crowd had been exported back 40 years to a time of psychedelia.

But with the stunning spectacle that is Metronomy, the modernist touch is never lost.

New tracks like Month of Sundays and Love Letters are indeed retro and watery, Bowie-esque vocals did present the crowd with a hint of sometimes overwhelming nostalgia.

However, their adeptness to jump around in a very casual British way had the crowd entranced.

Charismatic bassist Olugbenga Adelekhan was the most alluring performer during the set, never once losing his air of cool yet animated showmanship.

Drummer Anna Prior was almost comically perfect, never missing a beat or even batting an eyelid. Multi-instrumentalist frontman Joseph Mount was also fantastic, switching from guitar to keyboards to tambourine and back again and occasionally jesting with the crowd.

The set was tight and clean and a generous encore gave the fans more to move to – new tracks, of course – and left them with a pleasant taste of the latest record.

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