Over the last year and a half or so Let’s Eat Grandma has gradually gone from being that band in Norwich people are excited about, to being that Band that gets the occasional mention on 6 Music that you can’t remember if you heard them or not, to being that band that people in the know keep talking about in hushed and excited tones that you feel you should know but aren’t sure if you do. Today that all stops as Let’s Eat Grandma become that band with the video that is just incredible, that you all have to see and don’t worry if it scares you a little, it’s all good.
Let’s Eat Grandma are an act that we’ve been excited about for a long time now and an act that always manages to provoke an emotional response of sorts. No matter how we feel, no matter how long it has been since we last felt the urge to write something, when the LEG girls produce something we can’t help ourselves. The brain whirrs into overdrive, fingers hit keys and something comes out. It happened when we saw them perform at Latitude and it is happening now as we watch their official debut video.
One thing we were concerned about before, and we did mention it, was how the wonderfully anarchic structure of their sound and live performance would be captured in a recording. Well, hats off to the guys and gals over at Transgressive because they have absolutely nailed it.
The sounds are otherworldly, distant, foggy and wraithlike. The vocals pierce through as if reaching over from the netherworld, slightly sinister and befuddling as they call out. The slow steady rhythm continues on though, leaden weighted it pulls them back, leaving only the airy calm and pale beauty of the xylophone and the sad lament of the saxophone to guide us.
Watching the video for “Deep Six Textbook” we felt actual chills both of excitement and a little bit of terror. For the LEG aesthetic is, brilliantly, more than a little bit ‘spooky witch girls in the middle of a forest while murder and horror is happening around you’. From the washed out palette, the eerie pat-a-cake opening and the distant, misty sounds, there is something of the Evil Dead meets Blair Witch going on here and we absolutely love it.
The days of hushed tones and partial recognition are done. It’s time to get properly excited people. This is Let’s Eat Grandma ladies and gentlemen and they are just fantastic.