Some bands are too trendy for their own good.
Totnes electro-pop fourpiece Metronomy are certainly flavour of the month at the moment, as evidenced by a sold-out Trinity crowd.
Their critically acclaimed third album “English Riviera” has received a lot more attention than their previous work, and was clearly what the audience came to hear.
A hair’s breath from winning this year’s Mercury Music Prize, it’s leagues ahead of their previous efforts.
Unfortunately their rather contrived stage show has yet to catch up to the maturity of their best material to date.
Five years on from their debut and by the looks of them a few years into their 30s, they still insist on a few pseudo Kraftwerk gimmicks they really should have left behind.
The flashing lightbulbs on their chest and their synchronized salutes during certain songs just feel like art school ideas they need to grow out of.
Which is a shame, because the music and their performances continue to get better and better.
“We Broke Free” was a slow start to their set , which steadily built across 90 minutes to a sweaty crowd’s delight.
It took two instrumentals in the middle to really get them jumping though and from then on it was a storming show.
Riviera’s third single “The Bay” will no doubt have the latest intake at Bristol Uni dancing at the student disco, as it’s a brilliant slice of English pop.
“A Thing For Me” was even better and “She Wants” kept the momentum going.
“Radio Ladio” finished the main set before a short encore.
“Some Written” brought events to a close, sounding like the kind of end-of-the-pier waltz Blur were so fond of on their “Life” trilogy.
Metronomy have managed to capture that same sense of Britishness while backing it with the kind of beat you can shake a tail feather to.
You get the sense there’s an even better band waiting to break out – drop the gimmicks and they’ll be there.