on Friday, May 23, 2008
Leeds based outfit Grammatics are one of the most exciting bands I've heard in the last year or so. First coming to my attention via the Dance To The Radio record compilation, 'Something I Learned Today', they reaffirmed their early promise with outstanding recent single 'D.I.L.E.M.M.A'.

Taking "Melodramatic Popular Song" to an obscenely amazing level, they are characteristered by Owen Brinley's majestically operatic vocals. But that would mean little without the captivating backdrop of Grammatics' beguiling instrumentation. Particularly Emilia's cello work. Although that may just be because there are too few cellos for the discerning popular music consumer these days. Plus, she contributes heavily to the Grammatics-do-pop song that is 'D.I.L.E.M.M.A', aka 'T.H.I.S.I.S.A.C.E'. Not that they're too afraid of treading a pop line, with 'The Vague Archive' sounding wonderfully bouncy. Their versality can be exhibited by the main tour support slots they have held in the last few months - The Futureheads, These New Puritans and Forward, Russia! - a reasonably eclectic bunch in my eyes. And ears.

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And you know the palava surrounding Amy Winehouse and her faffing around regarding the new Bond theme. Banish all thoughts of her and get Grammatics on the job. They could never be accused of understatement. There are few bands today that show the spellbinding brilliance of Grammatics. Check out their recent BBC Radio 1 Session below:

Grammatics are playing a few festivals this year, most notably Latitude (which is looking progressively awesome). They're also headlining's DiScover showcase tomorrow in London, for more details, see [here]. Unfortunately, one of the bands on that line up Dinosaur Pile-Up have pulled out but I recommend having a listen to their songs on MySpace. They have my seal of approval. But for the time being, it's all about Grammatics.

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