As the late afternoon sun removed all possibilities of shade, festival-goers either rallied or rested. These are the critical hours when you find people puking in trashcans or laying still on the ground. While Grant Park was in various stages of carnage, Metric provided the perfect balance of energy to revive the fallen.
Easing into their set, the Canadian quartet started with “Artificial Nocturne,” the first song off their latest album, Synthetica. Following the EP’s track listing, they continued with “Youth Without Youth,” as rolling beats and Emily Haines’ lively vocal delivery slowly woke up the tired and intoxicated. She bopped around the stage, taking breaks to play the keyboard or viciously hit her tambourine. Haines’ all-over-the-place sequined top and leather shorts were not unlike Metric’s sonic aesthetic—electronic hooks against tones of melancholy. It was clear the crowd was fully restored when the air filled with the scent of Swisher Sweets and Metric returned to more classic songs. “Help I’m Alive” seemed to double the bass volume while invigorating the audience with its infectious chorus and stoic vocals. “Sweet vibe,” interjected Haines before finishing off the set with hook, line and sinker “Dead Disco.”