Eat Your Own Ears have a pretty solid reputation for being pretty cool. They know who to put on and where to put them. This time it was Metronomy in the Royal Albert Hall. Royal Albert Hall you ask - Isn’t that where swans used to be pitted against the cockneys and the royals would just sit there and smile at the ensuing bloodbath of cockney gore? Yes, it is. However for one night only they took a break from all that usual pomp and stuck on a wicked cool band for the kids because even rich people can be cool sometimes (RIP Steve Jobs).

Sadly I missed both supports, Arthur Russell and Django Django. However this was not my fault, monkey bastard train drivers were to blame. So naturally I arrived at the venue with a bit of a chip on my shoulder, and it was getting worse - I had no idea where to go in the damn hall because it was designed to confuse a commoners brain who entered (and London prices really piss me off).

So I sat in my seat being all sullen and moody, but the time came sooner or later where the lights dimmed and the music quietened down. But Metronomy didn’t come out; four people with the strangest looking instruments entered and started playing. It was a recorder quartet. They were playing stuff from Pip Paine. How could I be annoyed when I was hearing ‘This Could Be Beautiful (It Is)’ and ‘Black eye/ Burnt thumb’ being played by a quartet of recorders? It was beautiful. Or as some would say breathtaking, achingly beautiful or heart wrenching. But if you said that I would have laughed at you and thrown a drink in your face.

Sadly they only played those two songs from Pip Paine, exited the stage to a healthy ovation and then Metronomy entered. They thanked the crowd and all looked pretty damn dapper and proceeded to play ‘We Broke Free’. It was lovely. As the set progressed they started really mixing up the songs fluttering from Nights Out to English Riviera like moths to a light bulb. By the time they played ‘Heartbreaker’ everyone in the hall was standing up and dancing- A pleasant sight to see in that place. A few songs later in the set came ‘The Look’. Oscar Cash quickly darted off stage, disappearing for a few moments only to be wheeled back on by two people as he played the piano. Such a spectacle was pretty confusing until explained by Joe Mount that Oscar had once said “that if he played at the Royal Albert Hall he would like to come on stage in a little car with a piano.” I salute you Oscar for partially living the dream.

Other highlights involved: an extended version of ‘The End of You Too’, the lights that they wear on their chests all flashing in union, encores of ‘Everything Goes My Way’ and the audience screaming the chorus of ‘Radio Ladio'.

It was a brilliant night that showcased how successful Metronomy are. Being nominated for the Mercury prize and now playing in the Royal Albert Hall and filling the venue- the sky is really the limit for these guys. Kudos.