YOU OUGHT TO KNOW ARTIST: LONDON GRAMMAR
London Grammar is Hannah Reid (singer), Dot Major (keyboardist), Dan Rothman (guitar). London Grammar makes music that creeps into your consciousness and sends chills down your spine. London Grammar is the band to watch. Though the trio isn’t a household name (yet) in America, their debut album was recently certified platinum in the U.K. and the group was even nominated for British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards this past February. If you’re familiar with the U.K. music scene, you’ve probably heard of the trio. They’ve been featured multiple times on BBC Radio One’s popular Live Lounge sessions and have played festival after festival in Europe. In their rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” Hannah Reid’s chilling vocals introduce a new dimension to the track.
Most recently, the trio opened for Coldplay’s iTunes Festival Show at SXSW and played a slew of shows in Austin for their new American audience. Before that, the group had been busy gigging in Europe and promoting their stellar debut album, “If You Wait.” Though they are what some may call a baby band, London Grammar demonstrates the restraint a lot of veterans seem to lack. Hannah’s voice floats atop minimal instrumentation and ambient dubstep, making the album extremely soothing to listen to.
If you’re new to the band, I would suggest listening to “Strong,” “Hey Now,” and “Wasting My Young Years” first.
When they’re not busy touring and recording, the group also collaborates artists like fellow U.K. duo, Disclosure. “Help Me Lose My Mind” is a fantastic example of lead singer Hannah Reid’s versatile and chilling soprano voice.
London Grammar just kicked off their first US Headlining Tour, head to their page for dates and ticket info. I’ll be catching them at the beautiful El Rey Theatre in L.A next Tuesday, March 25th. Stoked!