2009-2012: Early career
Vocalist Hannah Reid and guitarist Dan Rothman met in the residence hall at Nottingham University during their freshman 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 jam. Multi-instrumentalist Dot Major (keyboard, djembe, drums) was added later, after being introduced to the band by Rothman's girlfriend. The band began by playing low-key gigs at local bars. Several years later, in December 2012, the trio posted their debut single "Hey Now" on the internet. As of July 14, 2013, the song had received over 800,000 hits on YouTube.
Their EP Metal & Dust followed in February 2013, and it made the top five of the iTunes chart in Australia. They released their single "Wasting My Young Years" in June 2013, peaking to number 31 on the UK Singles Chart (watch video unter "musicians"). The band also featured on Disclosure's #1 UK album Settle with the track "Help Me Lose My Mind", released in June 2013. The band has recorded two live sessions for Radio 1, and in summer 2013 they will be playing at ten European festivals.
London Grammar's music has been described as "a blend of ambient, ethereal and classical sounds" 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. Reid also contributes to the band through her self-written lyrics which she describes as "emotionally affected". As disclosed in an interview with a Glamour UK magazine, she "writes about people who come in and out of my life." The song "Wasting My Young Years", which has over 780,000 hits on YouTube, was written about her ex-boyfriend.
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