Cake and Metric sated fans on a super-soggy night Friday at Klipsch during a show that was, well, at least a show.
Heavy storms rolled into Noblesville after The Wombats played an opening set. The show, already marred by a move planned earlier in the day due to forecasted storms, was delayed by several hours. Lightning flashed throughout the evening, and torrential rains dampened spirits - for awhile, at least, until Emily Haines bounced onto the stage with her fellow Metric bandmates around 10 p.m.
Haines, if not the world's best singer, was energetic and entertaining, performing a lively stair-step in the opening song, followed by invisible jump roping in "Youth Without Youth." Thunder thundered and lighting flashed during "Help I'm Alive," and though the band put on a lively show with an especially tight rhythm section, Haines' lyrics - seemingly straight from a high-school girl's journal - and sloppy moves and vocals during "Dead Disco" couldn't put the icing on the (wait for it) cake.
Speaking of Cake: The headliner opened with the apropos "It's Coming Down." It sounded good until a nasty interference jumped into the mix and lasted for several songs. Once that was cleared, singer John McCrea's voice was easier to hear. But not necessarily to relish: A few songs into the show, McCrea appeared to be a bit drunk or just lazy, as he heavily plucked his guitar strings and lazily drew out his vocals in "Frank Sinatra." If it was a joke, it wasn't a funny one.
Things livened up during a mass singalong of "Sick of You," during which McCrea cracked wise as the halves of the audience sang different parts. "Anger and escapism working so well. In America. Together." Thankfully, the audience - those who came to the relocated venue, and those who stayed after the delay - seemed to enjoy and appreciate the escape from their normal lives. Too bad McCrea couldn't find it in him to enjoy himself as much as the fans.