British 3-piece London Grammar has been getting a lot of buzz lately. At just two years old, the band has already release a critically acclaimed EP and full-length, and are currently touring with some of today's hottest names.
The band's members, vocalist Hannah Reid, guitarist Dan Rothman, and multi-instrumentalist Dominic “Dot” Major, met while studying at the University of Nottingham.
At the end of 2012, the band had a viral hit with “Hey Now,” which they had posted on their YouTube channel. The song was the lead single off of the band's debut EP, Metal & Dust, released in February 2013. From there, the band's popularity skyrocketed as Metal & Dust charted at number 5 in Australia and second single, “Wasting My Young Years,” reached number 31 in the UK.
In September 2013, London Grammar released their debut full-length, If You Wait, again to massive approval. The album peaked at number 2 in both the UK and Australia, number 11 in France, number 13 in Ireland, and number 22 in New Zealand.
The band's brand of indie-pop combines minimal instrumental mixes with echo-y vocals and soundboard effects. Reid has this deep, full voice, reminiscent of Florence Welch. Her voice is strong against the fairly minimal sounding backup. Songs like “Strong” are melodic, beautiful, and haunting, like a Sarah McLachlan tune, but with an electronic twist. Other songs, like “Wasting My Young Years,” have a little more prominent electronic backing beats, but stay far away from interfering with the beautiful melodies.
London Grammar is currently touring through the end of the year. They are set to play a number of European Festivals this summer, including Propaganda Festival in Sweden, Electric Picnic in Ireland, Festival Number 6 in the UK, and Unknown Festival in Croatia. In November, the band will be touring North America with Until the Ribbon Breaks.
Mixing beautiful vocal melodies with minimal guitars and electronic backing, London Grammar's indie-pop is easy to listen to. With a successful debut already under their belt, London Grammar is definitely a band to watch.
By Elise Yablon