London Grammar consists of vocalist Hannah Reid, guitarist Dan Rothman, and multi-instrumentalist Dot Major. Out of university from Nottingham, U.K., Reid and Rothman met in the dorms and began recording and posting their music on-line. “Hey Now” became an internet viral hit in 2012 and they released a debut album in 2013.
Their music is dominated by the emotive voice of Reid, whose powerful vocal instrument always stays in the foreground but is supported and propelled effectively by both Rothman and Major. The three acting in empathy effectively mine the emotional potential of each song.
The following two videos from WFUV showcase the band’s raw talent in an organic, unproduced setting. Their version of Chris Isaak’s classic “Wicked Game” performed here is a their performance evokes both the sorrowful reflection and obsessive passion expressed in the song’s lyrics, though it is apparent that “Hey Now,” a self-penned song, possesses more urgency and passion in the minds and hearts of the artists.
Finally, here is their most recent official video which most effectively displays the band’s potential backed by full instrumentation and with Reid’s disciplined but powerful vocals tested to their full range.