London Grammar brought their show to the Crescent Room in Phoenix, AZ, March 21, 2014.
The room was small, dark and packed with people. The smoke machine had been going for ten minutes and the music started to play softly that built into a crescendo. A female figure stood in the center of the small stage that was backlit. The sound of a keyboard started and then the guitar played a few notes. The singer stepped up to the mike and a deafening applause started. Someone in the audience yelled shush!! “Hey . . . .Hey,” the singer sang with perfect execution. “Hey Now” is the song and it was sung with a strangely haunting voice and melody. All the crowd could do was listen.
The singer is Hannah Reid, the guitarist is Dan Rothman, and the multi-instrumentalist is Dot Major. They are touring the United States in support of their new album, “If You Wait” on Columbia records. The group is from the UK and met in college in 2009. They graduated from school and decided to pursue their music. This band is huge in the UK and in Australia. Fact is they have outsold Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke without all the antics. The album is a collection of songs penned by the threesome. Hannah is responsible for writing the majority of the lyrics.
The main instrument of the band is Hannah Reid’s voice. She has been compared to Florence Welch, Lana Del Rey, and The xx. Hannah’s vocal range and multi-layered texture weaves a tapestry that allows her to outshine them all. Hannah may be missing the theatrics of Florence, but I think in time she will cultivate more stage presence. For now the audience will continue to be mesmerized by a voice rarely found in the music business today.
The set consisted of the songs from the new album and it was surprising that her voice was better than the recording. The show was an hour leaving the audience craving for more and the band returned for an encore of “Metal and Dust.” For the set list, click here.
The songs are moving and provocative with boundless emotional range and depth. They have been described as “introspective pop.” Who doesn’t like great tunes of love and loss sprinkled with some disappointment? Their music has struck a cord with audiences worldwide and will soon take the US by storm.