With matching on-stage outfits, choreographed dance sequences and retro-electro sound existing somewhere between dance and indie pop, the charmingly kooky Metronomy three couldn’t help but become something of a UK sensation. Started by musical mastermind Joseph Mount (whose distinctive sound has seen him attract remix requests from international acts including Gorillaz, Kate Nash, Scissor Sisters, Klaxons and Franz Ferdinand), and soon joined by friend Gabriel Stabbing on bass and keyboards, and cousin Oscar Cash on keyboards and saxophone, Metronomy has managed to make experimental krautrock-style boppy, bleepy pop-electro accessible – no mean feat.
What's the story behind Metronomy?
It started off as just me, Joseph, recording and writing alone. I wanted to get a band together though so enlisted Gabe and my cousin Oscar. Gabe and I had played in bands together before for years. We’ve really become a band, but I still do a lot of recording and writing myself – I’m also doing loads of remixes which I’ve got lots of good publicity and respect from which is nice.
You've been described as bridging dance and indie pop... How would you actually describe your sound?
Our biggest influence is risky pop music – like Prince’s old tunes. We’re really motivated by fun, there’s not mush else we’d rather be doing. When you get really involved in music, it stops you from worrying about the world.
What's your music making process like, and what do you find you write your songs about?
I just write in my bedroom, it’s just mucking about really. I’ve only recently started writing lyrics… I’m trying to make them as simple as possible. I’m not trying to be too clever with words or anything because I really don’t know where to begin… but come our third album my lyrics will be riddled with metaphors and clever word play! I write mainly about chicks… I live out my fantasies through music.
Any crazy/amazing live experiences – what onstage antics can an audience expect from a Metronomy gig?
We’re the least crazy band in the world… unlike other bands that go out and get crazy, when we tour we visit landmarks – we’re always sightseeing and checking out castles! In terms of us live you can expect… technical problems haha, no we’re hopefully entertaining and fun, we’ve got lots of dance-moves choreographed by Oscar.
Best and worst thing about being Metronomy?
The best is being able to spend time with each other – it’s a great experience to to share together [“c’mon the best thing is all the cocaine!” Oscar laughs]. We’re really enjoying being around some UK bands making amazing music – if they live up to their potential the next few years in Brit music will be really exciting. As for a worst – if there is one we haven’t found it.
Who is your all-time favourite UK boy band or artist?
Duran Duran or David Bowie… and of course The Beatles – they’re in English blood.
Metronomy’s third album released early 2008, UK tour with CSS throughout December.