Dresden is a brillaint city, brimming with a variety of cultural outputs, but it isn’t a city that gets many bands touring. So when, I was flicking through lists of obscure bands and I cam across the name ‘Metronomy (UK)’ I got pretty excited. After checking that this was, indeed, THE Metronomy I so know and so love, it was straight to every record and ticket vendor for awkwardly bad German requests for tickets.
Now, with my place secured in the intimate, German crowd, I’ve started getting properly excited. With the release of Metronomy’s third album, the Mercury-nominated English Riveria, earlier in the year, Metronomy have been the soundtrack to significant parts of my 2011. With the album taking a more easy-listening, poppy and less ‘abrasive’ sound it was perfect ‘revision’ music (along with Vanessa Carlton’s ‘A Thousand Miles’) and, so, takes me back to my last months in Edinburgh.
Also, as the second act I saw at Glastonbury and one of my highlights of the whole festival, Metronomy and The English Riveria takes me to post-exam, pre-graduation celebratory times. And they are some pretty brilliant times to reminisce over. Add in the seagulls on the opening track and other odes to great British holidays and Metronomy have become a link to Britain. Come the 2nd December in ‘Beatpol’ when Metronomy hit the stage, I think it’s going to be a beutifual mix of sentimentality and dance-a-mental-ality. And I cannot wait.
In my excitement I’ve been introduced to two of their BRILLIANT videos. First their video to The Bay is so well shot and does a fantastic job of making Torquay a cool and sexy resort:
And for some ‘classic’ Metronomy, the video to A Thing For Me is such a fantastic idea, presented with some genuines humour and creativity.