VOYAGES OF RC! Metric w/ Jacuzzi Boys @ The Fillmore Miami Beach (8/1/13)
On August 1st, Toronto based Metric set out to deliver one of their best live rock performances and we were fortunate to witness this deliverance at The Fillmore Miami Beach. Metric and opening band, Jacuzzi Boys, were taking part in the Bud Light 50/50/1, (50 bands, 50 states, one night). Other bands included in this event around the United States included, The Flaming Lips, Minus the Bear, Empire of the Sun, Best Coast, Gogol Bordello, The Hold Steady, Dr. Dog and so much more.
Metric have been described as indie/alternative rock infused with new wave, post-punk revival, synthpop and dance-rock. What you will find are prominent synthesizers in every one of their songs. Metric can hardly be described as a “new” band, but after almost 15 years and 5 albums, they continue to produce memorable music that make references to sociology, love, heartbreak, and life.
On the other hand, Jacuzzi Boys, Miami’s homegrown garage-rock, surf-punk, indie band proudly makes their inaugural appearance on The Fillmore Miami Beach’s main stage to open for Metric. And, if you haven’t yet seen the Jacuzzi Boys perform live, you haven’t seen shit.
Jacuzzi Boys includes lead singer and guitarist, Gabriel Alcala; drummer, Diego Monasterios; and bassist, Danny Gonzales. Typically, we have been used to seeing the JBs turn every show into one big dance party that has always included the Jacuzzi Gals, (a gaggle of women that either cover the stage with their derriers or dance on the stage during their performances). So, while the Gals wouldn’t be dancing on the stage and the crowd was probably focused on seeing Metric, the Jacuzzi Boys introduced themselves to a whole new audience. After speaking to a few Metric fans, I found out that a majority of them overwhelmingly enjoyed the JBs. Kicking into the first number of the set, ‘In the Street’ and quickly following up with ‘Domino’ (off their yet to be released new album), they easily proved to this virtually unknown audience that they could be the band they embrace forever. At first blush, it would seem that the Jacuzzi Boys are a super mellow trio, but get ready, as their ambitious efforts will soon lead them to releasing their self-titled album of fuzzy, punk tunes on September 10th via Hardly Art.
Jacuzzi Boys setlist:
‘In the Street’
As Dave, the owner of Churchill’s has repeatedly stated, “this is one of the best bands in Miami,” and he a’int lying.
After Jacuzzi Boys, the lights drop, James Shaw, Joshua Winstead, and Joules Scott-Key (no relation to Francis Scott Key) take the stage to an outpouring of love from the audience, followed up with more cheers for front woman Emily Haines. From the first song, ‘Artificial Nocture,’ it was clear they are group of fine musicians wishing to share their craft with the fans that adore them. Yes, it’s a performance, but it’s marked by an emotional concern for the musician’s own skills and crowd enthusiasm.
Visually, the stage lighting filled The Fillmore with warmth that perpetually enveloped the band throughout the performance. Emily Haines tantalized the audience with her voice, her hair and her unabashed talent for performing live. Even if you weren’t a “super fan” of Metric, this evening was magical, the musicians were suberb and you instantly fell in love with Ms. Haines.
Metric Setlist August 1, 2013 @ Fillmore Miami Beach:
‘ Youth Without Youth’
‘ Speed the Collapse ’
‘Dreams So Real Empty’
‘ Help, I’m Alive’
‘ Breathing Underwater’
‘ Dead Disco’
For this author, the highlights were ‘Synthetica,’ ‘Breathing,’ and ‘Gold Guns Girls’. Introduced as their final song, Metric performed a stunning rendition of ‘Gimme Sympathy’. And, before departing, Emily and the band said goodnight, leaving the crowd even happier then when they first arrived. There are very few bands with longevity, but Metric is one of them.