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One of the most brilliantly unconventional bands of recent years, Metronomy have underlined that reputation throughout 2019. Their current album ‘Metronomy Forever’ emerged to widespread critical acclaim, its ambitious scale, sonic diversity and eclectic moods making it a landmark moment in their ever-unpredictable journey. A new wave of Metronomy fans has also emerged, notably IDLES and Georgia who have both recently contributed remixes.

Joe Mount’s British group now extend the ‘Metronomy Forever’ campaign by sharing the video for their new single ‘Insecurity’. Adding detuned synths and funk-fuelled bass to a track with a grungey alt-rock feel, the song captures Metronomy’s inimitable ability to create something enticingly unorthodox from otherwise familiar traits.

That approach informs the track’s video, too. On first glance, it appears that Metronomy are performing in the kind of high school dance scene that became a hallmark of favourite family films from the ‘80s. But events take a surreal turn as a group of lab coated-technicians and forensic scientists analyse every element of the band’s performance and the crowd’s reaction. They even seize the disco ball for further investigation.

The idea behind the video started when Mount discovered the playfully peculiar Philadelphia pop-rock band Joy Again. A firm fan of the band, Mount was equally inspired by their videos, especially for their recent summer single ‘Couldn’t’. He connected with that video’s director Richard Phillip Smith, who together with Jake Lazovick (his partner in the creative duo Powered By Wind), filmed the ‘Insecurity’ video in Philadelphia.

Mount’s appreciation of Joy Again will also see the band support Metronomy at some of their North American shows early in 2020.

“Working with Rich and Jake to make the new video was an absolute pleasure,” says Joe Mount. “Not only are they a bunch of geniuses, but they also took us to Philadelphia to film it, we love Philadelphia.  I never really got the bottom of what the video is about, but I think it has something to do with me conspiring with some ‘suit’ to create the perfect party.”

“We trade music videos for the opportunity to expand our own cinematic universe,” adds Richard Phillip Smith. “Each project is a continuation of the last, so when Joe reached out to us after seeing a video we had made and asked if we would make something ‘in the same world’, we knew this would be a fruitful collaboration. For this video, we set up a paranoid environment where the rules and hierarchies are unsettled and everyone is under intense scrutiny. Sometimes parties can feel like this. Many thanks to Metronomy and the cast and crew who helped this video assemble itself!”

Metronomy are currently concluding a European tour that included two sold-out nights in both London and Paris. DIY’s review of the Roundhouse show noted, Part of what makes Metronomy such a good live act is that every member shines.” Their international touring then extends through to next April when four nights at Le Cigale in Paris have recently been added to their schedule. The dates are:

NOVEMBER

14th – UK, Bristol, O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)

15th – UK, Nottingham, Rock City

16th – UK, Birmingham, The O2 Institute

24th – Hong Kong, Clockenflap Festival

26th – Japan, Tokyo, Liquidroom

DECEMBER

5th – Chile, Santiago, Matucana 100

7th – Brazil, São Paulo, Audio Club

9th – Brazil, Curitiba, Opera de Arame

11th – Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Sacadura 154

13th – Brazil, Porto Alegre, Opinião

15th – Argentina, Buenos Aires, Teatro Vorterix

JANUARY

31st – USA, Washington DC, 9:30 Club

FEBRUARY

1st – USA, Philadelphia, Theatre of Living Arts

3rd – USA, Boston, Royale

5th – USA, New York, Brooklyn Steel

7th – Canada, Montreal, MTelus

8th – Canada, Toronto, Danforth Music Hall

10th – USA, Detroit, Majestic

11th – USA, Chicago, Thalia Hall

12th – USA, Minneapolis, Varsity Theater

14th – USA, Denver, Gothic Theatre

15th – USA, Salt Lake City, Urban Lounge

17th – USA, Seattle, The Showbox

18th – Canada, Vancouver, Commodore Ballroom

19th – USA, Portland, Wonder Ballroom

21st – USA, Berkeley, The UC Theatre

22nd – USA, Los Angeles, Fonda Theatre (1+1)

23rd – USA, Pioneertown, Pappy & Harriet’s

25th – USA, Dallas, Canton Hall

26th – USA, Austin, Scoot Inn

28th – Mexico, Mexico City, Pepsi Center WTC

MARCH

17th – Portugal, Lisbon, Coliseu de Lisboa

19th – Spain, Madrid, La Riviera

20th – Spain, Barcelona, Razzmatazz 1

21st – France, Montpellier, Zénith Sud

23rd – Switzerland, Lausanne, Les Docks

24th – Switzerland, Zürich, Komplex 457

25th – Italy, Milan, Alcatraz

27th – Slovenia, Ljubljana, Kino Šiška

28th – Austria, Vienna, Gasometer

29th – Czech Republic, Prague, Roxy

31st – Poland, Poznań, Tama

APRIL

1st – Poland, Warsaw, Progresja

3rd – Germany, Dresden, Alter Schlachthof

4th – Germany, Mannheim, Alte Feuerwache

5th – Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Den Atelier

7th – France, Lille, Zénith Arena

8th – France, Rennes, Le Liberté

14th – France, Paris, Le Cigale

15th – France, Paris, Le Cigale

16th – France, Paris, Le Cigale

17th – France, Paris, Le Cigale

Rubrica com o apoio de Popstock Portugal

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