Live Review: Metric / Lo Moon – The Academy, Dublin 28.01.2023

Words & Photos: David McEneaney.

It’s sadly pretty rare to arrive at a gig these days and see that it has already filled up before the support band had even started, but considering it was Lo Moon who were the opening act it made sense that this was the case.
I had only heard about them recently, which was my own fault, but if you still haven’t I would highly recommend not sleeping on them any longer and checking them out. They sounded great and played with the presence of a band who were older than their years, gig wise, as they have only been together since 2016, and touring since 2017.
Frontman Matt Lowell commanded the stage and led the band with the confidence of someone who felt right at home up there, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were back some time soon for a headline gig of their own.
Judging by the capacity of the crowd, it would likely be a sold out show as well.

As soon as the lights went down and they walked out on to the stage, you could immediately feel their energy and could see on their faces that they were here to have a good time, and to make sure everyone else did too. 
When the first bars of ‘Doomscroller‘ began and Emily Haines picked up the mic, that was it, we were off.
It was the perfect song to start with and along with the low purple lighting that matched the music video, set the tone that this was going to be amazing.
They sounded phenomenal and played to perfection, and you could see by the smiles on their faces they were delighted to finally be here.
Then they went straight into ‘Gold Guns Girls’, the lights changed and Haines came as alive as every stud on her jumpsuit that caught and reflected the light all over the stage, with her running around trying to catch it.
They played hit after hit, and with each song you could see the crowd were feeding off of the energy of the band, and that the band were loving it more and more. 
Everyone upstairs were on their feet too, dancing the entire time until they were all allowed to take a break for a short, but perfect, acoustic break in the middle of the set. 
After this there were no holds barred on the journey to the end of the set, with the sound and lights seeming to get more and more intense the further it went. 
One of my favourite songs of there is ‘Gimme Sympathy’, which they ended the set on and to me that was perfect. 
After a short break they came back and played another four songs, including ‘Black Sheep’, which nearly brought the house down as you would imagine, finally ending the show with ‘Breathing Underwater’ which was playing over and over in my head the whole drive home.
It was genuinely one of the best shows I’ve been to in a long time, and a great first one of the year to shoot. 
I have a feeling it will be a while before it’s topped, but hopefully not too long before they come back.

  1. Pick a fantastic support band. 
  2. Effortlessly sell out a great venue.
  3. Put on an amazing show and play your hearts out to a room full of adoring fans. 

I guess we were wrong and that’s actually ‘The Metric System‘.

Metric Set List:

Gold Guns Girls
Dark Saturday
False Dichotomy
Help I’m Alive
Enemies Of The Ocean
Calculation Theme (Acoustic)
Combat Baby (Acoustic)
All Comes Crashing
Now Or Never Now
Sick Muse
Gimme Sympathy
What Feels Like Eternity
Monster Hospital
Black Sheep
Breathing Underwater

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