Metro Station shake it up at the Sugarmill in Hanley

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It felt like 2007 all over again as Metro Station brought the nostalgia vibes to the Sugarmill in Hanley.

The Californian pop rockers, made up of Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso, are playing their first run of UK shows in six years having been on hiatus since March 2010.

Stoke-on-Trent band The Overcast kicked off the evening to a half empty room and although they performed well, not even a cover of Metro Station’s “Shake It” could rouse the crowd.

Second support act, female fronted five-piece In The Cards, also from Stoke-on-Trent, performed an energetic set as the venue slowly filled, showing why they are receiving wide acclaim in the music industry.

And final support act was another female-fronted band, Tigress, formerly known as The Hype Theory.

The Essex group were playing their first gig since the name change in August.

And the performance of their two singles, Alive and Future, from the forthcoming new EP Human, certainly got everyone moving.

Metro Station then took to the stage to a mix of screams and dubstep before launching into crowd favourite, Control, from their 2007 self-titled first album.

It was as if they had never been away as they played the infectious She Likes Girls – one of over 20 songs the band have released since reuniting.

The 45-minute set had the right balance of the old songs that helped Metro Station to their 2007 heights and new tracks they will be hoping to take them back there.

They rounded of the night by playing the one song everyone had come for, Shake It, which had the whole room bouncing from front to back.

Cyrus said they would be back in the UK early next year and remarled that people would be able to say they saw them before everyone else jumped back on the bandwagon.

However, with this show far from being sold out it appears there is a long way to go before that bandwagon can truly get going.

Verdict: 3.5/5

Setlist

Control

She Likes Girls

Seventeen Forever

Kelsey

Love and War

Wish We Were Older

Now That We’re Done

Getting Over You

Shake it

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