CONCERT REVIEW : Metronomy – Barrowland Glasgow 22nd April 2022

 It was Metronomy’s time for come-back after lockdown and 2-year long pandemic. Their tour was for their new album Small World – an album curated by Joe Mount after lockdown, a collection of warm and nostalgic soundscapes completed with clichés and old summer memories.

The crowd at the Barrowlands on the 22nd of April, a funky Friday, were all ready for Metronomy. The concert hall had invited lots of different people, and there was a great turn-out.

As the lights lowered and summoned the band members; Joseph Mount, Oscar Cash, Anna Prior, Olugbenga Adelekan and Michael Lovett all come out to join us.  The band of 5 filled the stage each with their own instruments. They opened the night with Love Factory and then moved onto The Bay – a popular bop from their English Riviera album. Everyone sang along as they loud as they could, and it felt like the evening had really begun. They then led us to Corinne – a piece where Anna Prior blesses the song with her light and feathery vocals. They finished the first part of the night of with Reservoir.

  • METRONOMY - Barrowland GLasgow 22nd April 2022
  • METRONOMY - Barrowland GLasgow 22nd April 2022
  • METRONOMY - Barrowland GLasgow 22nd April 2022
  • METRONOMY - Barrowland GLasgow 22nd April 2022
  • METRONOMY - Barrowland GLasgow 22nd April 2022
  • METRONOMY - Barrowland GLasgow 22nd April 2022
  • METRONOMY - Barrowland GLasgow 22nd April 2022
  • METRONOMY - Barrowland GLasgow 22nd April 2022
  • METRONOMY - Barrowland GLasgow 22nd April 2022
  • METRONOMY - Barrowland GLasgow 22nd April 2022
  • METRONOMY - Barrowland GLasgow 22nd April 2022
  • METRONOMY - Barrowland GLasgow 22nd April 2022
  • METRONOMY - Barrowland GLasgow 22nd April 2022

Joe Mount took to the mic alone and spoke to the room, thanked Glasgow for having them, and saying they were in arguably “the best country”, winning the hearts of his fans over again. He introduced us to It’s good to be back, a lovely, springy song from their new album Small World.

They then took it down a notch and went with Everything goes my way. The crowd went along with it all and enjoyed their time. The mood was high even in the back of the room. This was our Friday night out, and we had the eccentric Metronomy as our DJ. They stuck with the chill vibes for the next song and on came Things will be fine, also from their new album.

It was time for some lo-fi 80’s vibes, which The Light fits the bill for perfectly – accompanied by a funky tambourine. The night took another turn into Boy Racers which made its appearance as a kind of interlude. Mount and Adelekan went off stage for a brief moment, building some anticipation within the crowd. They were summoned back with the synth intro for The end of you too – now it was time for a Friday dance. The Ballroom was filled with cheerful notes, that made it impossible for the crowd to not move their feet. The synth was a delight for listener’s ears and was saluted by everyone stomping after the song.  

The night continued with another banger; Holiday and then to, Insecurity allowing Mount to show his skills on his guitar with a riff on his own and then joined by Adelekan.

They encouraged everyone to get another drink whilst Loneliness on the run played in the background. Mount took to the mic after this to tell us all an anecdote, a connection he has to the city – a Metronomy special for Glasgow.

Moving swiftly on, Mount and Co. continued with Salted Caramel Ice Cream – a big favourite amongst the crowd, and perfect for our funky Friday filled with more synth. Right on time entered the room and everyone sang along to this one as well.

The mood was set for more popular songs, and the band took the opportunity to play The Look for us. A grand entry and with a personalised sound for the Barrowlands venue. Michael Lovett and Oscar Cash both on keyboards played off of each other in a harmonious synth wave cascading throughout the concert hall. The dancers and sing-a-longers were all thanked by Mount at the end. They left the stage after the Upsetter.

It didn’t take them long to come for seconds, and they took the chance to really have fun and play around with their more alternative and rock sounds and gave the crowd a good show with; Old Skool, Love letters and You could easily have me.

Metronomy as a band encompass all sorts of musical disciplines and are clearly inspired by many different musical influences – whether it be Talking Heads, David Bowie or even Kraftwerk. Their live performance was engaging, and their set was well put together, a walk-through all of their career and delectable ear-sounds.

Review and Photography by Caroline Ring

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