Hackney-based rising collective, GRAMN, is making waves across the London music scene with the release of their brilliantly curated EP ‘KillaGRAMN.’ This new edition from GRAMN is set to be their biggest project yet, which comes as no surprise when listening to the explosive energy it lays out from start to finish.
KillaGRAMN consists of 7 bold tracks, each completely unalike from one another, demonstrating such a broad, eclectic range of vocals. It’s a collective EP not only in the collection of creatives who produced it, but also in the way it crosses multiple genres and styles. There is without a doubt something here for everyone.
GRAMN showcased their new EP KillaGRAMN live at their headline show last night at The Glove That Fits, in Hackney. The entire atmosphere of the sold-out show was electric. There was such a powerful energy bouncing off the concrete walls and through the red and blue lights of The Glove That Fits basement, created by GRAMN’s sound and the hype of the crowd.
I managed to catch a few words with their lead vocalist, Aux, before the show. It was clear that she felt nothing but confidence and excitement surrounding the anticipation of their performance.
The night kicked off with a set from Tyler Jordan, who was perfectly introduced by Aux as a ‘Wordsmith.’ Being related to Aux its clear that music runs deep in the family, as his lyricism and flow was on point and undoubtably got the crowd well warmed up for GRAMN.
Next came the rich vocals of Kemi Ade with the smooth sound of Cyn on guitar. A powerful female duo who captivated the crowd with each note and the audience participation she encouraged.
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The opening track on the KillaGRAMN EP, Diamond, feels like the perfect introduction to this project. The electric sound and sentiment of the track being that the diamond they’ve become under pressure has led GRAMN to the brilliant creation of this EP, makes it a fitting opener. On the record it demonstrates such solid vocals from Aux, although live it was a truly soulful and moving experience.
A highlight track off the EP, We Don’t Knock, is an upbeat, edgy song. It’s also multi-dimensional which shows the great versatility of the collective. Live this song was a definite crowd favourite. The musical performance was engaging and energetic and the crowd certainly fed off that.
Track 4, Bad Terms, is the perfect hype song. Its gritty and dynamic, and when performed live the backing vocals really shone through.
From singing in Spanish to punchy spoken word, to smooth soulful vocals, Aux was a true professional in the way she conducted the crowd. The producers, James Lowe and Johnny Tomlinson, the drums, backing vocals and guitar which all make up GRAMN produced such a strong live sound and musical performance.
It’s great to see so much support for such a unique, up and coming artist in this rich London community.
Check GRAMN out on Instagram @thisisgramn and KillaGRAMN on all streaming sites now to hear it for yourself.