Despite battling illness and having to rouse myself from a rather lovely post-pho nap to head to Hollywood, I had a feeling last Tuesday night was going to be a good one right about the time I pulled into a $5 parking lot around the corner from The Fonda.
The first time I had caught Metronomy was at Coachella 2012 where they were featured on the bottom row of the lineup poster in teeny, tiny, microscopic font. Since then, they have put out a new album, 2014’s Love Letters, and gone on to sell out The Fonda.
Emerging on stage crisply clad in white and amidst a chorus of delighted cheers, Metronomy kicked things off with “Monstrous.” This momentum was maintained for “Month Of Sundays,” but the real party began when the familiar nine-note patter of The English Riviera’s “The Look” began to play.
Along with some seriously moody basslines, “She Wants” featured the faint but distinctive backing vocals of Metronomy’s lovely drummer, Anna Prior, which served as a teaser of things to come as she later took over primary vocalist duties for the delightfully melodic “Everything Goes My Way,” which was very obviously a crowd favorite.
Older material was clearly very well loved with audience members loudly singing along to “Heartbreaker” and “Radio Ladio” off what many critics consider to be Metronomy’s breakout album, Nights Out. Even the instrumental “You Could Easily Have Me” off of 2006’s Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe) had audience members dancing around frenetically. The evening’s big kahuna, however, was easily and unsurprisingly the first set’s undeniably groovy closer, “The Bay,” during which The Fonda consisted entirely of a sea of dancing bodies and smiles.
Newer tracks got their fair share of love as well, notably Love Letters’ singles, the downtempo “I’m Aquarius” and the brightly poppy “Love Letters.” That’s not entirely surprising given that frontman Joseph Mount’s talent for whipping up exceedingly well-produced and well-written songs has never been more evident than on this latest release, but seeing the audience appreciate the new tracks was nonetheless magical in its own right.
Honestly, when it comes down to it, it’d be really hard not to like Metronomy. They’re British, they’re fun, and they rocked a sold-out, post-work Fonda Theatre crowd on a Tuesday night with the same effortlessness a cat exhibits when dispatching toilet paper rolls. I look forward to seeing them in large, legible print on a future Coachella lineup poster.
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