London Grammar, a band that almost nobody knows but everyone should, is a British indie pop trio formed by Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic ‘Dot’ Major. London Grammar sounds like a mix of The XX and Florence and the Machine; a blend of ambient, ethereal and classical sounds with melancholy guitar, soaring vocals and plaintive lyrics.
I was lucky enough to attend their concert last night at the Commodore and I was in for a pleasant surprise. I knew it would be good because I watched their BBC Radio 1 coverage and had heard their haunting cover of “Nightcall” by Kavinsky. I didn’t know they would be amazing! I’ve been to a lot of concerts from Paul McCartney to Daft Punk and Weezer to LCD Soundsystem but this has got to be one of my favorites.
Wearing a grey sleeveless crop top, high-waisted acid wash jeans, and unwashed long blond hair Hannah Reid took to the stage backed by her two band mates on guitar and keyboards. A smoke machine was filling the stage and blue and white spotlights were set behind them. Opening the show with popular song “Hey Now,” which were also the first two words out of the vocalists mouth, it felt as if the room was empty. It was as if everything became clear and I knew the meaning of life. Did I die and this is what heaven is like? I just stood there in awe at Hannah’s powerful echoing voice, not believing that this voice sounded just like it did on the album. “Nightcall” was sung and the crowd went crazy and for their encore song they did a cover of Chris Issak’s “Wicked Games.” I left the concert very happy, relaxed and with an appreciation for stripped down music, no lazers, dance moves, or CGI screens.
London Grammar makes its Coachella debut this year which is sure to get people talking.
Naomi Lai, FAB Reporter