London Grammar spell it out

New musical talent London Grammar. PA Photo/Handout.
New musical talent London Grammar. PA Photo/Handout.

London Grammar have packed a lot into the last year.

The trio introduced themselves and their ethereal indie pop via two almost anonymous tracks posted online late last year.

Their first proper release, an EP called Metal & Dust, appeared in February, not long after they’d played their first gig in front of assembled members of the music industry.

Summer came and with it a guest appearance on Disclosure’s album Settle, which promptly went to No. 1, making stars of the house duo – young brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence – and giving a platform to each of the album’s cameos, including London Grammar.

“It was amazing how that came about,” says the band’s singer, Hannah Reid.

“When we were deciding who our manager was going to be, Disclosure’s managers – two young guys – wanted to manage us as well. We ended up going with someone else, but stayed friendly with them. They gave Disclosure our demos and they really liked my voice, then asked if we could collaborate.”

It was a good break, as now the future’s looking bright for Reid and her male bandmates Dan Rothman and Dot Major.

“It’s amazing what they’ve achieved,” says Reid of the collaboration with Disclosure. “We worked really quickly. We did that song, Help Me Lose My Mind, in two days.

“Obviously, it’s been great for us, being on a No. 1 album a few months before our own album comes out. We’re very grateful, and I love the song too.”

It’s a far cry from the band’s beginnings at Nottingham University, where Reid and Rothman were studying.

London Grammar’s debut album, If You Wait, is released on Monday 9 September.

The band, who have ben compared to The xx, Florence + The Machine and Soul II Soul, begin a UK tour on 15 October.