Instead of staying in this past Sunday night and inevitably watching TLC reality TV shows, we headed to the Fox Theater in Pomona and saw our favorite Canadians put on nothing less than an amazing performance. Metric, the indie/electronic band with a healthy splash of rock n’ roll, lit the stage with some innovative synth and vocals by Emily Haines, guitar by Jimmy Shaw, bass by Josh Winstead and drums by Joules Scott-Key.
The crowd’s awe-inspired gaze quickly turned into a burst of energy by the first note of the first song. People of diverse ages, genders, lifestyles and fashion inspirations made their way to the show, reminding us how many different people can be reached and inspired by Metric’s sound and lyrics. Mind you, the line to get in was two blocks long, and the fans towards the front of the line were waiting for almost three hours.
Metric kicked off the concert with songs from their latest album Synthetica, a much more mature and developed record with indie-synth anthems coming straight from the gut. Through the middle of the concert, they paid homage to their more electronic-punk albums, playing songs from Fantasies and Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? Every base was covered when delivering the setlist, appealing to the older fan and to the new listeners of the beloved indie rock band.
As the dreaded end of the show came upon us, Metric left the crowd with acoustic version of “Gimme Sympathy,” performed by Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw. The crowd quickly joined in, leaving the theatre with a hard-to-match electricity. We truly urge any indie/rock/electronic lover to check out Metric; a versatile and iconic band 12 years in the making.
~Words & Photos by: Ashley Tuttle~
55DSL may be best-known as a Diesel spin-off label, but this small, hands-on company actually has a lot more to it. Founded in Italy in 1994 by Creative Director Andrea Rosso, 55DSL uses street wear as a platform to support and collaborate with up-and-coming artists–and vice versa.. LAC sat down with Rosso to discuss the label’s third short film called “Beyond Mountains, More Mountains,” directed by acclaimed music video directors CANADA. The beautiful, charming video look-book flawlessly showcases the lifestyle brand’s AW’12 collection by documenting a young couple’s journey across the Italian countryside.
How often do you do these limited run t-shirts in collaboration with artists?
I’ve always done small collaborations and limited edition products. This 1055 is the number of t-shirts we produce for each artists, and it’s now our 5th anniversary that we’re going to present next season. People love to see different new artwork, new placement, new subjects.
How long have you guys been doing video look books?
This is the third video that we produced. The first one focused on this traditional festival that takes place in Sicily, the second one was done in Rome, and this one with CANADA was filmed all around Italy from North to South.
How do you come up with the concept and the treatment, is it based off of the collection?
This A/W ’12 collection is really inspired by Italy. Usually we go around the world to find inspiration, but this time we just went to Italy and drew from stuff we always pass by but never really stop to look at, like graphics from old pharmacies, butcher shops, or restaurants. The iconography of Italy in the 50’s is very strong; if you go to Rome, Florence, or small towns, all the signs are still dirty from that time, and the faded colors and the fonts reflect that time. So all of the typography in the collection is based off of the heritage of Italy.
What was it like working with CANADA on this project?
They’re very talented people. We like their style, it’s an honor to work with them. Between us, when we talk about good film, they are at the top of the list. So to do this with them was a pleasure. In the beginning I have to say that I was kind of scared, because I thought the story was too romantic, but the way they did it was perfect. Graphically and even musically, they really know what they’re doing.
How would you describe the difference between Diesel and 55DSL?
We definitely have a more graphic approach, we use more high-impact color, and we also have more of a sports heritage. From the beginning in ‘94-96, we were really into action sports, snowboarding especially, because we were very close to the mountains. And also surfing and skateboarding. But with time we moved to a more street approach.
What’s next for you guys? She mentioned you’re going to Texas?
Yes. We’d like to shoot the next video Italy, Texas. It’s nice to connect a name with a scenery that’s nothing like Italy. We like the contrast.
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