Band speak out about influences of Burial and Fleetwood Mac ahead of Night + Day
Andrew Trendell

16:59 21st June 2013

London Grammar have dismissed comparison with The xx, claiming that any similarities are purely coincidental.

The hotly-tipped young trio are often compared with the 'Coexist' stars due to their enigmatic and minimal sound, but speaking to Gigwise ahead of their support slot at The xx's Night + Day show at London's Hatfield House today (Saturday 22 June), London Grammar said they weren't bothered by the references. 

"We don't really get frustrated by it, because we love The xx," said singer Hannah Reid. "But  I think we're in a kind of post-xx era where a lot of people are quite influenced by that atmospheric pop vibe."

She continued: "I think it's probably that we're influenced by people that maybe they are influenced by too, like Burial, Massive Attack and Portishead. People don't realise the extent of Burial's influence on so many bands. I do think that our album will show a very different to us- it's more classical, with a Jeff Buckley pop song kind of vibe."

Listen to 'Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me' by London Grammar below:

Fellow band mamber Dot Major added: "The xx thing obviously comes up all the time, but we're all really massive fans of them and love that they asked us to play at Night + Day.

"When we started experimenting with electronic sounds, Hannah said to me that it sounded a bit like Burial and I'd never listened to them at the time. It's very strange that you can be influenced by something without hearing it because I was listened to a lot of James Blake and he's been hugely influenced by Burial. It does filter through. "

Dan Rothman added: "Yes, but I think our album will show a completely different side to us - it features a lot more influence from classic bands like Fleetwood Mac."

The band also told us how they'd love to collaborate on music with The National. 

London Grammar have a number of festival dates booked - including an appearance at The xx's Night + Day show at London's Hatfield House today (Saturday 22 June), before they head out on UK headline tour in October. Dates are below.

Tues 15th - Norwich, Open
Weds 16th - Brighton, The Haunt
Fri 18th - London, Brixton Electric
Sat 19th - Oxford Gathering
Sun 20th - Bristol, The Fleece
Tues 22nd - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Weds 23rd - Birmingham, The Academy 3
Thurs 24th - Leeds, The Cockpit
Sat 26th - Manchester, Soundcontrol
Sun 27th - Glasgow, Broadcast
Mon 28th - Newcastle, The Cluny

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