- 18 Dec 17
Electro-pop heroes London Grammar are back at the top of their game with their second album, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing. But as they tell Peter McGoran, a triumphant return wasn’t always a certainty.
Sitting in their backstage dressing room at the Olympia Theatre, London Grammar are a member short. Guitarist Dan Rothman and percussionist Dot Major are present, but singer Hannah Reid is notably absent.
“Hannah’s been having some difficulty with her voice,” Dan explains. It’s understandable enough. Reid has notoriously been plagued with issues around stage fright in the past, so anyone could forgive her for not wanting to take questions, just a few hours before she’s due to play to an audience of 1,000 people.
London Grammar’s story is a strange one. Having released their platinum-selling debut album, If You Wait, back in 2013, they won a string of accolades, and become radio and festival darlings. Then, they appeared to drop suddenly off the face of the earth. Their busy touring schedule petered out, and rumours sprang up that they’d broken up, or packed in music altogether. The truth, however, was a lot less dramatic.