The unstoppable rise of electronic dance rocker-outfit Metronomy has taken their leader Joe Mount out of the English Riviera and into the stratosphere of the music industry
“It’s like being Paris Hilton – partying, having fun. I live it. This is my lifestyle. Tiny little dog – everything.” At least half of what Joe Mount says here is true, but what is inescapable after spending a morning speaking to the genius behind Metronomy (one of the most exciting electronic acts to come out of Britain over the past decade) is recognising that he holds a deep, genuine love for what he does “Being able to travel and lay your music to people, it gives me great pleasure. But, for me, I love recording. I love spending time in a studio and fiddling around. That is the simplest pleasure of mine.”
After releasing their Mercury-Prize nominated third album, The English Riviera, in 2011, Metronomy suddenly found themselves violently hurled into the limelight – and bigger and bigger gigs greeted them. Joe even revealed to me that the band would be headlining the Park Stage at Glastonbury this year, a booking that is still yet to be officially announced, “It’s the best part of the festival anyway really. It’s probably the least in danger of flooding.”
Despite this increasing popularity, Joe still remains remarkably humble. When I ask him what his fondest memory of the past nine years in Metronomy is, he replies “the first time we sold out the ICO in London – like we sold a show out in London! That was a really massive thing to happen.” This surprised me because it wasn’t being nominated for a Mercury-Prize, or headlining festivals, that Joe seemed most proud of. Headlining a now relatively small show was enough to satisfy him, and I found this trait in Joe to be immensely likeable. Indeed, this humbleness was clear when Joe described what Metronomy’s first ever gig was like too “[It was in] this club called the Ocean Rooms in Brighton and it was really good actually. I think it was really well attended; it was full of our friends. I didn’t really imagine it to go as well as it did to be honest.” It’s almost as if Joe Mount was, and still is, baffled by his own success.
With an upcoming tour starting on March 12 and running right through summer, including several headline slots (such as at London’s Field Day festival) – Metronomy are certainly in for a busy year. Their fourth album, Love Letters, is set for release on March 10. Oh, and It’s brilliant by the way (I’m lucky enough to have listened to it already). Metronomy are undoubtedly destined for bigger things, and the genius behind them (Joe was responsible for over ninety percent of the recording process on the new album) couldn’t have been a nicer guy. If you want to catch them while you can, tickets are still available for their gig in Newcastle on March 20.