Who: Metronome The City is a four-piece instrumental rock band consisting of locals William Gilbert, Patrick Condon, Brad Theard and Marc LaPorte, several of whom are Loyola graduates. The band draws inspiration from video game music and film soundtracks, and they classify their style as “schizophrenic.”
Where: The Howlin’ Wolf, December 1, 9 p.m., with Silent Cinema and the Public.
Why: After 10 years of getting acquainted with each other musically, Metronome The City finally began work on its first full-length album in 2005 at the behest of manager, figurehead and “shady character” Bob Drake. Electric Elements Exposed was recorded prior to the storm and mixed by drummer William Gilbert in a hotel room during the evacuation. Song names such as “Harmonically Related Sinusoids” and “A Carefully Prepared Leg of a Dead Frog Twitches When Stimulated Electrically” underline Metronome The City’s unusual musical approach.
The band isn’t afraid to explore unconventional instruments. According to Brad Theard, in addition to using guitar, bass, drums and keyboards on Electric Elements Exposed, it added more exotic fare such as balalaika, tabla, didgeridoo, thundersheet, gas tank and Game Boy. The addition of these eclectic elements made a fourth pair of hands necessary to play the songs live, which led to the addition of the newest member of the band, Mark LaPorte.
What You Need To Know: At the Howlin’ Wolf, the band will intersperse original songs off their new album with select tracks from the “classic” 1986 skateboarding arcade game, 720 Degrees.
Published December 2006, OffBeat Louisiana Music & Culture Magazine, Volume 19, No. 12.