Metronomy is the term for the measurement of time by an instrument. Since making the project the central focus of his music career, Joseph Mount will have struggled to measure the amount of success he’s had since, with Metronomy going from strength to strength.
Starting as a side project from his other bands, multi-instrumentalist, producer and Londoner Joseph Mount began the project on his computer, developing an electronic sound. Eventually, his cousin and friends joined him and a full-band was raring and waiting to go.
He takes influences from literally everywhere. From Devo to Bowie, to N.E.R.D and Pavement. Even releasing official and unofficial remixes of Gorillaz, Kate Nash, U2 and Britney Spears. It’s clear that Mount is simply a fan of music. Listening to anything and everything before putting his own spin on it.
Metronomy are a band that have constantly aimed to reinvent themselves. Veering off into all sorts of genres and directions. They always keep their fans guessing but ensure they never alienate their most loyal customers.
The English Rivera will always be seen as the turning point, however. Earning a Mercury Prize nomination, it remains Metronomy’s most commercially successful album to date. It hit the UK Top 40 and sold over 60,000 copies. Since then they haven’t really looked back, but they’ve promised to continue changing up their sound.
Whilst The English Rivera was slightly more welcoming in its sound, they have since delved into funk and psychedelic sounds. Particularly on 2016’s Summer 08, but the success has only continued.
Known for their engaging live shows, Metronomy are set to open up the Hit The North festivities this year at Boiler Shop, one of the Toon’s finest venues, with an explosive set of dreamy electronic delights. Kick your festival weekend off right.