Review: London Grammar at Deluxe

 

London Grammar

Deluxe at Old National Center

February 2, 2015 

London Grammar, the English electronic pop trio of vocalist Hannah Reid, guitarist Dan Rothman and keyboardist/percussionist Dominic “Dot” Major, stopped Monday night at Deluxe — after a bit of a delay. After waiting over two months (the show was originally to be November 21st but was postponed due to scheduling conflicts) the sold-out crowd was loud and engaged, prompting Reid to exclaim, “You may be the smallest crowd we’ve had in recent months, but you are definitely the loudest.”

London Grammar is, essentially, two excellent musicians crafting sounds to fill in the space behind a powerhouse vocalist. Reid’s voice is the largest and most predominant instrument on display. She flies it around the room, commanding it powerfully at times, and at others delicately and lilting, but never haphazard and without purpose. It is the main weapon in the band's arsenal. Behind her, Rothman and Major create trippy and ethereal sounds that serve to highlight their focal point. With Reid's blonde hair whipping back and forth and the crowd in a trance, hypnotized by the music, London Grammar creates excellent show. I highly recommend making sure that you are in the crowd the next time this fantastic young band comes to town.

Jason Aaron Coons’ 30 minute set was a great primer for the headliner. He backed his piano pop with driving drum beats and crunchy guitar riffs that revealed themselves as the perfect complement to the earthy electronica of London Grammar. Coons’ laid back and easy stage presence allowed him to easily connect with the crowd. His songs are tight and polished and the performance was a head nodding and groove-inducing good time. Don't miss the chance to be able to tell others five years from now, “I saw him at insert local venue here.” 

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