The Metros were an English five-piece indie/punk band from Peckham, South London.[1] Founded by vocalist Saul Adamczewski and lead guitarist Jak Payne, the band was formed while most of the members were still at school.[2]

The Metros
Background information
OriginPeckham, South London, England
GenresIndie rock
Years active2006–2009
Labels1965 Records (Sony BMG/Columbia)
MembersCharlie Elliott (bass)
Freddi Hyde-Thompson (drums)
Jak Payne (swag guitar)
Joseph Pancucci-Simpson (lead guitar)
Saul Adamczewski (vocals)

Their song 'sexual riot' also featured in Season 2 Episode 12: "It's a Wonderful Lie" of Gossip Girl.


The Metros dubbed themselves a 'punk and roll' band and were from a musical background—Adamczewski's father designed record sleeves for A&M and Payne's father played session bass for Glenn Tilbrook. After recording a 5 track demo over two days in March 2006 in Honor Oak Park London with The Mysterious Hand, the band worked with Baxter Dury and were signed to 1965 Records by James Endeacott (who had previously signed The Libertines, The Strokes and The View). When all five members were still under 18. The Guardian described them as "Punk'n'roll urchins".[3]

Formerly known as Eastern Bloc and The Wanking Skankers, they list Squeeze, Ian Dury and Beastie Boys as their major influences.[2]

Their debut single, "Education Pt. 2", was released on 17 March 2008. Their second single, "Last of the Lookers", was released on 2 June 2008.

Live musicEdit

In summer 2007, The Metros played at T in the Park, Bestival, the Hackney Underage Festival, The Great Escape in Brighton, the Skegness Big Reunion Festival,[3] and the BBC Electric Proms.[4] They were booked to support The Coral, but were replaced after throwing a glass bottle into the crowd at the first gig, which smashed on and injured a girl spectator.[1]

The band supported Madness at a special gig in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust on 3 April 2008, at the Royal Albert Hall.[5]

They played the Radio 1/NME Stage at the 2008 Reading and Leeds festivals.[6]

They recently supported The Streets in the UK leg of his tour.[citation needed]

In late 2008, the band were for forced to cancel four gigs in Japan after vocalist Saul Adamczewski fell ill.[citation needed]

On 17 June 2009 The Metros announced they were splitting up with two farewell shows, with lead singer Saul saying "The Metros are going their separate ways" [7]

Saul has since been playing in Fat White Family, a band with a very different style altogether.[8]

Saul now also leads Insecure Men, described as a slacker supergroup.



  • "Education Pt. 2" (17 March 2008, 1965 Records)
  • "Last of the Lookers" (2 June 2008, 1965 Records) UK No. 102[9]
  • "Talk About It" (8 September 2008, 1965 Records)



  1. ^ a b Education Part 2 by The Metros, The Times, 25 April 2008
  2. ^ a b "Buy Domains - is for sale!".
  3. ^ a b New band of the day: The Metros, The Guardian, 13 February 2008
  4. ^ "BBC - Electric Proms 2007 - The Metros".
  5. ^ "Columbia Records UK". Columbia Records UK.
  6. ^ "Reading Festival 2008 line up".
  7. ^ "Metros To Split".
  8. ^ "Fat White Family".
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart for the week ending 14 June 2008". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (355): 1–4.
  10. ^ "Official Album Chart for the week ending 27 September 2008". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (370): 5–8.

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