London Grammar

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London Grammar
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London Grammar performing at the Vieilles Charrues Festival in July 2015
Background information
Origin Nottingham, England
Genres
Years active 2012–present
Labels
Website www.londongrammar.com
Members
  • Dominic 'Dot' Major
  • Hannah Reid
  • Dan Rothman

London Grammar are an English trio formed by Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman, and Dominic 'Dot' Major.[6][7] Their debut EP, Metal & Dust, was released in February 2013 by Metal & Dust Recordings Ltd,[8] while their debut album, If You Wait, was released on 9 September 2013. If You Wait has been certified platinum in Australia and the United Kingdom, selling over 70,000 and 300,000 copies, respectively.

History[edit]

2009–2012: Early career[edit]

Vocalist Hannah Reid and guitarist Dan Rothman are originally from London[9] and met in a hall of residence at the University of Nottingham during their first year in 2009. Rothman saw a picture of Reid on Facebook with a guitar and sent her a message to see if she wanted to collaborate. They were joined by Northampton native Dominic 'Dot' Major (keyboard, djembe, drums) a year later, after he began playing music together with Rothman.[10] They chose the name as "not only was it where we're from, but London is also so international and multicultural that it actually felt like quite a universal name in a way."[9]

After completing their studies in the middle of 2011, the trio moved down to London to pursue a career in music. By the end of the year they were managed by Conor Wheeler who began promoting them.[11][12] The band began by playing low-key gigs at local bars, honing their material.[6][8] They soon found themselves noticed by a number of A&R people, and they were signed with the Ministry of Sound while Big Life took over the management duties in the second half of 2012.[13] In the same year the trio did some early recordings with Rollo Armstrong of Faithless and Liam Howe of Sneaker Pimps.[14] Later in the year, the band continued to work with Tim Bran of Dreadzone and Roy Kerr, and by the end of the year most of the recording had been completed. On 12 December 2012, the trio posted their song "Hey Now" on YouTube; it immediately received a large amount of attention.[15]

2013–2016: If You Wait[edit]

Their EP Metal & Dust followed in February 2013, and it made the top five of the iTunes chart in Australia. It created a lot of interest, and the band received significant airplay on national radio.[13] They released their single "Wasting My Young Years" in June 2013, peaking at number 31 on the UK Singles Chart. The band also featured on Disclosure's album Settle with the track "Help Me Lose My Mind", released in June 2013.[16] The band has recorded two live sessions for Radio 1, and they played at ten summer 2013 European music festivals. In September 2013, Reid was at the subject of a Radio 1 Breakfast Show Twitter post, which was criticised for being sexist. The backlash forced the corporation to apologise, while the trio "decided to stay out of it".[9]

On 1 September 2013, they released "Strong", which peaked at number 16 on the UK Singles Chart. The following week, on 9 September, they released their debut studio album If You Wait, which peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart. It also peaked at number two on the Australian Albums Chart,[17] number 11 on the French Albums Chart, number 13 on the Irish Albums Chart, and number 22 on the New Zealand Albums Chart. The band are signed to Columbia Records in the United States.[18]

On 13 January 2014, the band performed "Strong" and "Wasting My Young Years" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,[19] marking their debut performance on American television.[20] On 1 April 2014, the Official Charts Company announced that London Grammar's If You Wait was the fifth top-selling album of 2014 so far, with sales of over 138,000 copies (356,000 total).[21] London Grammar won an Ivor Novello Award in the Best Song Musically and Lyrically category for "Strong".[22] And later in 2014 they won two awards, "Independent Breakthrough of The Year" and "PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act", at the AIM Independent Music Awards.[23]

On 2 September 2014 French fashion house Dior released an advertisement campaign for J'Adore that featured the song "Hey Now" (The Shoes remix).[24][25]

2017–present: Truth Is a Beautiful Thing[edit]

On 1 January 2017, London Grammar shared their new single "Rooting For You", marking the group’s first new music since their debut album in 2013.[26] On 1 February 2017 they shared the second single "Big Picture" via their Facebook page. They sang Big Picture during their performance on Later with Jools Holland.

Truth Is a Beautiful Thing was released on 9 June 2017.[27] The album was largely recorded with producers Paul Epworth and Greg Kurstin.[28]

Musical style[edit]

London Grammar's music has been described as "a blend of ambient, ethereal and classical sounds"[29] with melancholy guitar, soaring vocals, and plaintive lyrics. Hannah Reid's powerful, brooding vocals, prominent on all of London Grammar's tracks released to date, are often compared to those of Judie Tzuke and Florence Welch.[30] The songs are a collaborative effort as Reid explains: "I write the lyrics and the top lines. But the songs initiate from all three of us. Dot will write a piano part or a music score. Dan will add some guitars."[13] She describes the songs as "emotionally affected" and said that she "writes about people who come in and out of my life."[31]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geslani, Michelle (2 June 2017). "London Grammar share two new videos for "Oh Woman Oh Man" — watch". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Gebremedhin, Thomas (9 September 2013). "London Grammar's Exclusive Remix of "Strong" from DJ Jonas Rathsman". Vogue. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Geslani, Michelle (9 June 2017). "London Grammar share new album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing: Stream/download". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Bartleet, Larry (15 January 2016). "London Grammar – 'Truth Is A Beautiful Thing' Review". NME. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Lester, Paul (22 April 2013). "New band of the day: London Grammar (No 1,497)". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Paul Lester (22 April 2013). "New band of the day London Grammar (No 1,497) : Music : theguardian.com". New Band of the Day. The Guardian. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Knowles, Robin (4 June 2013). "Introducing... London Grammar". BBC. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  8. ^ a b James Lachno (13 June 2013). "London Grammar – New Faces". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c David Smyth (22 November 2013). "London Grammar singer Hannah Reid on sexism in the music industry". London Evening Standard. Reid is from the Acton area and Rothman from Hendon 
  10. ^ Marcus Rimondini (9 September 2013). "Interview: London Grammar". The Ripe. 
  11. ^ "Dan Rothman Linkedin entry". LinkedIn. Notes that he graduated in 2011 with a BA in Economics and Philosophy 
  12. ^ "Conor Wheeler Linkedin entry". LinkedIn. Details his period as a manager for the band from December 2011 to June 2012 
  13. ^ a b c Dominic Smith (16 May 2013). "The Great Escape: London Grammar". The Argus. 
  14. ^ "London Grammar Interview". Bristol Beats Club. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Huw Oliver (4 September 2013). "London Grammar: Space is the answer". DIY Magazine. 
  16. ^ "Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive". UK Official Charts. 2013-06-15. 
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts 14 Sept 2013" (PDF). ARIA Charts. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "London Grammar To Release Debut Album If You Wait September 10" (Press release). New York: Columbia Records. PR Newswire. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  19. ^ "Watch London Grammar Play Fallon - Stereogum". Stereogum. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Which Member Of London Grammar Cried When She Found Out Elvis Was Dead? - Music, Celebrity, Artist News - MTV.com". MTV. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Artist Albums Of 2014 so far!". UK Official Charts. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "Ivor Novello Awards 2014: Tom Odell, London Grammar and Nick Cave all winners". Telegraph. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "AIM Independent Music Awards 2014 Winners Announced - The Association of Independent Music". www.musicindie.com. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  24. ^ "Dior J'adore - "The future is gold" - The new film". YouTube. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  25. ^ "London Grammar - "Hey Now" (J’adore Dior Remix by The Shoes)". YouTube. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  26. ^ "London Grammar share new single ‘Rooting For You’". NME. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  27. ^ "London Grammar announce new album and unveil title track 'Truth Is A Beautiful Thing' - NME". NME. 2017-03-24. Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  28. ^ "London Grammar - 'Truth Is A Beautiful Thing' Review - NME". NME. Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  29. ^ "London Grammar: 'We've been given time to develop naturally'". Gigwise. 
  30. ^ "London Grammar: 'We've gone as pop as we can'". Digital Spy. 
  31. ^ Selby, Jenn (9 September 2013). "If You Wait: London Grammar discuss their striking debut album". Glamour. UK. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 

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