IF ANYONE was in any doubt as to how Metronomy’s sometimes-delicate electronic stylings would transfer from hi-fi headphones to a hot and sweaty live club, Joseph Mount and his band blew those doubts away pretty quickly last night.
Driven along by Anna Prior’s floor-shaking drums and the mighty bass of Gbenga Adelekan, they quickly had the walls pounding with a set that kept the crowd dancing and cheering through their Sunday evening.
Mount seemed genuinely thrilled with the reception at what was the band’s first-ever appearance in Devon, despite their background and music being so steeped in local influences and his own roots in Totnes.
And in The Bay the crowd had an anthem they could genuinely feel they owned.
It was written about Torbay, the spectacular video was filmed just a stone’s throw from the harbourside venue, and from the intro to the end, the dancefloor was filled with leaping bodies and waving hands.
It was very much a song for them, and the crowd grabbed it and held on tight.
“This is a dream come true for me,” said Mount, looking out across the crowd, and there was a real enjoyment in the performance throughout, even when technical gremlins threatened to wipe out Oscar Cash’s keyboard.
A few quiet moments for repairs allowed Mount to exchange some banter with the audience before the pace picked up again.
Metronomy were often mesmerising, with Mount and Cash weaving vocals, guitars, keyboards and saxophone over Prior and Adelekan’s thumping rhythm section, and older material mixed well with songs from the English Riviera album.
Best song of the night was The Look, but older tracks like Heartbreaker and A Thing For Me were close behind.
Laser lights added to the spectacle, and it was good to see the Venue packed for a top-quality live gig. The event was supported by the Attic, the Herald Express and 247.
Support acts included These Reigning Days, the new project of former Quails frontman Dan Steer.
Playing only their second live gig, the three-piece band were superb, with a growing collection of original songs showing off tight harmonies and excellent musicianship. Expect big things from them in the near future.
Metronomy play tonight at Dartington's Great Hall.