Joe Mount, Metronomy’s frontman, wasn’t always the indie star we know today. Aged 25 and unsuccessfully trying to be cool at all costs, he often found himself drunk, single and with few prospects in life. Good songs are often born out of difficult circumstances and Joe Mount has always stirred up emotions, even when he started out as a DJ at some of Brighton’s clubs. Later came projects with The Upsides and The Customers, but success would elude him before Metronomy. Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe), their debut album, received next to no attention but Mount, inspired by Prince, continued to explore the way to marry electronic and pop music pretty much on his own. Night Out, their second album, didn’t bring an explosion in popularity to match Mount’s talent either, which would only come after The English Riviera, released in 2011. Pop arrangements in songs like “The Look” and “Everything Goes My Way” were a hit with both the public and the critics and put Metronomy right at the forefront of indie bands that flirt with the dancefloor. Love Letters enjoyed the same success and so did Summer 08, released in 2016. Recent years marked their arrival to adulthood, showing courage to deal with the shadows of the past without losing their characteristic lightness. With plenty of memories, a love of 80s pop richness and irony in their lyrics, Metronomy’s music is subtle in its invitation to dance, but irresistible nonetheless. Metronomy Forever came in 2019 and the band have a new album ready for success in 2022. Small World brings familiarity and risk in equal parts and an optimistic tone to help etch some of the songs on our memories. Metronomy will come equipped with their new music to their Portuguese rendezvous at the next edition of Super Bock Super Rock, with songs like “Right on time” and “It's Good to Be Back” there is growing anticipation about their presence on the Super Bock stage on 14th July.