Metronomy’s modern party pop finds its roots in retro places


Joseph Mount is pretty much everything you want out of a British musician. He has a posh accent, sounds very sincere and has a nice sense of humor. The mastermind behind dizzyingly perfect electronic pop beats, Mount can bend synthesizers and guitars to his will effortlessly. His band, Metronomy, is all about snapping in and out of reality, so it was nice to know Mount is so down-to-earth.

College Times: How are you, Joe? How has your day been?

Mount: I’m very good, thank you. I was just walking along the street. I’m in Paris and I’m buying a crepe, so it’s a bit noisy. I’m just walking to meet some friends right now. I’ve actually been in the studio doing some recording, which is nice because we’ve been touring nonstop for years so to have a little break and do some recording has been very nice.

So when do you find time to write?

It’s a combination of times. The way that I do stuff, I’m not the kind of person that needs like an empty house or anything like that. I write a bit when we are traveling around. I have been doing a bit on the road, and then if we have a day off at home, I’ll try to do some stuff then, so I just fit it around life.

So do you have songs that remind you of certain places?

Yeah, absolutely. Not the last album so much, but definitely previous albums. That’s something I can’t really escape, especially with the first album. I made it all in my bedroom, so that reminds me of my bedroom.

So then what was your first concert?

I remember taking a date to go see Radiohead and that was quite a big [deal]. I was old enough to know I wanted to see them. Nothing happened, but there you go. She was a freeloader. [Laughs]

Are you excited for Halloween at all? Your song “Monstrous” has a spot in my party playlist.

It’s not such a big thing in Europe. When I was younger we used to really [celebrate], because I lived in a small community. Everyone dressed up and went trick-or-treating. But here in Paris, it is definitely not the big event that it is elsewhere. I am looking forward to it. Last time we had a Halloween abroad it was actually the Day of the Dead in Mexico and that was crazy to spend that kind of a spooky day in the perfect place.

So if you had to put together a Halloween playlist, what would you throw on there?

I’d say “Ghost Town” by The Specials. That’s a good kind of spooky Halloween song. That’s the only one I’d recommend. [Laughs] I don’t know any more, but that one is very good.

So if you are in charge of music at a party, how do you get everyone moving?

I normally go for strictly late ’90s/early 2000s R&B. Destiny’s Child, TLC, that kind of stuff. Good ’90s R&B.

Metronomy w/Dawn Golden, Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix, 602.716.2222,, October 18, 8:30 p.m., $16-$18  


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