Wednesday night, February 27th, Bar Academy Birmingham . A young and excited crowd was in attendance, already buoyed by the support and looking on expectantly for the hotly tipped Metros.
What eschewed was a steady performance from a band with great expectancy on their shoulders. Their music echoes back to a more libertine time, jangly indie pop tinged with the odd ska riff as is the fashion at the moment.
Opening to a rapturous welcome, “Eyeballs”, their first track, took no time in getting the front row bouncing up and down. Moving smoothly through the tracks building up the eager crowd’s energy before unleashing “Missing In Action” where some members of crowd took it up a level with a spot of crowd surfing, which is no mean feat in Bar Academy!
Although not necessarily my cup of tea, The Metros entertained and were very capable performers. I’d like to see them on a less restrictive stage to see how they project themselves. The tracks were certainly largely of a similar style but the tempo did vary through the gig to give them enough personality to perhaps propel themselves beyond a sea of similar sounding bands. I hear that the band is well supported in the right places and with a long list of tour dates in the coming months expect to hear a lot more from The Metros.
Words – David Bissell
Photos – Lee Allen