For a bitter cold night in downtown Chicago, there was no stopping fans from packing into the House of Blues. This was the start of a brand new tour with Joywave supporting Metric. Joywave came out to an eager crowd and they were more than ready to give it their all. Members Daniel Armbruster, Sean Donnelly, Joseph Morinelli, Paul Brenner, Benjamin Bailey hail from Rochester, New York and definitely will be a rising success in the near future. Daniel brings an air of excitement to the stage that you don’t see in a lot of acts these days. Perhaps it is the lure of playing bigger venues or just his sheer enjoyment of giving fans a powerful and upbeat performance. Overall Joywave feels like a band that has been on the scene for quite sometime. With that they made a lot of new fans and the future is bright.
Metric took the stage after a short intermission and they dove right into their set. The stage setup showcased Emily Haines front and center and for good reason. She is the show. With her simplistic, but effective wardrobe changes as well as her positive demeanor, she has the fans hanging on every single word she sings. The rest of the band is not to be forgotten though. WIth James Shaw on guitar and synthesizer, Joshua Winstead on bass and synthesizer, and Joules Scott-Key on drums, they round out the remainder of this solid foursome. Their set started off with a bang by playing “IOU”, “Help I’m Alive”, and “Youth Without Youth”. They played many hits spanning their musical journey throughout the night. With songs like “Too Bad, So Sad”, “Sick Muse”, “Gold Gun Girls”, and “Breathing Underwater”, Metric brought everything to the table and the fans knew it.
Two solid and memorable performances happened at that sold out show. Even with this time of year being cold and dreary, Joywave and Metric brought a lot of happiness and hope to the fans.