What's the deal with… London Grammar?

All you ever wanted to know about this year's most listenable indie miserablists



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Are London Grammar playing The Troxy in February?
Yes, but you can't go.

Aw! Why not?

Because, unless you were riding the first wave of adoration for this incredibly fast-rising three-piece, you won’t have bought a ticket for this long sold-out show. Instead, you’ll be left sobbing outside the venue, wondering why the world is such an unfair place.

I can feel the tears welling up…
Never fear though, because the young tear-jerker’s self-titled debut album is perfectly designed to fill that hollow space in your heart. Console yourself with hints of Coldplay’s malaise, Massive Attack’s driving trip hop beats and chillingly emotional swathes of reverb borrowed from fellow London sad crew The XX.

Wow, I see what you mean.
Where you’ll really find solace is in Hannah Reid’s powerful, Florence-alike vocals. Her lyrics conjure bittersweet memories of late-night university trysts (she and band members Dot Major and Dan Rothman were at Nottingham Uni just a few years ago), as well as wide-eyed hope for future happiness. Their sound soaks into your skin like spilt bodily fluids – tears, and, you know, the other stuff.

That sounds gross.
Perhaps, but then life in your twenties is messy. London Grammar have done a better job of making sense of it than many other bands, which is why their fanbase is growing faster than mould on unwashed bedsheets.

Next time they play, I'm on it like a bonnet.
Good. It'll mean you can indulge in that clarifying sense of melancholy inside the venue.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Think life’s hard when you’re young? London Grammar know how you feel.

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