It seems like every time Metric comes to town, I’m reminded why I adore them so much as musicians, as good people, as true talent. With the release of their most recent album, Pagans in Vegas, a tour was almost certainly due and it came in the form of the “I Can See The End” tour, a lyric from their song, “Breathing Underwater”. Not that Metric ever need an excuse to tour, they seem to simply love performing and sharing their cohesiveness with the audience and opening up the awareness to the Canadian Indie scene. Emily Haines led the performance full force on vocals, accompanied by guitarist James Shaw, bassist/keyboardist Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott-Key keeping the tempo on drums.
Bringing their own sound and style to Baltimore, Metric was happily welcomed to Rams Head Live! and was joined on tour by Joywave. During “Dreams So Real”, something amazing that I hadn’t seen at a Metric show happened. Emily brought everyone that purchased the VIP package onstage to provide a background chorus. And to top that, one lucky fan got to sing with Emily on stage during the song. Flushed with nervousness, she powered through with Emily by her side. Needless to say, that girls life was changed.
Covering songs from all of their discography, old fans and new all had something to sing along to. Going all the way back to Old World Underground, Where are You Now? with “Hustle Rose” and “Combat Baby”, to their latest album Pagans in Vegas with “The Shade” and “Celebrate”, even throwing in “Black Sheep” from the Scott Pilgrim vs the World soundtrack. The final encore performance of “Gimme Sympathy” was performed acoustically with a full band bow at the end. s Once again Emily and the boys showed Baltimore that music is still alive and kicking and not going anywhere soon.