Metric, Marquee Theatre, 10/10/12

Metric @ Marquee Theatre| 10/10/12
The moment the word "escape" crossed Emily Haines' lips, it's hard to go back.

In concert Wednesday, as it is on the band's latest release Synthetica, "escape" comes in the first verse of the first song. If there's a time to think about what that means, it comes later, after the waves of Metric's urgent dance-rock have faded into ear-ringing memory.

That's what Haines and Metric accomplish so well, better live even than on record, giving a sense of escape, of abandon, of rebelliousness, of alienation and letting it seep just under the skin. It's like a drug you don't know you've taken.