Artist Feature: Let’s Eat Grandma

Thank you for your cooperation but because of our mistake, we’ve decided to screw you over instead of taking the blame ourselves. Yes, we fully understand that you are completely innocent in the matter but unfortunately, we’re egotistical misogynists who see a young girl just starting her career and think she’s the perfect scapegoat. So shut up and sit down where we place you. Because that’s how the world works for people like you.

“Fill my head with shame ’cause you need someone to blame.” – ‘Hot Pink’

I’ll be honest, two weeks ago I’d never heard of Let’s Eat Grandma. Now they feature in almost all of my Spotify playlists. And I have a few too many so that’s really saying something. I can safely say they have taken over my eardrums and probably greatly contributed to my future deafness due to the overpowering volume level I insist on.

A British pop duo formed in 2013; Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth test the boundaries of pop culture with their eerie, somehow child-like music and lyrics, sometimes commenting on the treatment of women in the music industry or the desperation of today’s youth. Their unconventional aesthetic contradicts the expectations of young girls on stage nowadays. They refuse to stoop down to smiling prettily, singing sweetly and prancing about in a leotard. Ironically, their insistence on being unique and lack of caring what makes them incredibly current – they embrace unconventional and ‘uncool’. Let’s Eat Grandma’s innocent vocals contradict the mature choice of instrumentation and club style pushing beat but keeping a child’s openness to the unusual; synthetic chords with saxophone, flute or recorder over the top intensify this musical confusion. Translated into English: you can’t quite tell if you like it or if it’s giving you a headache. But for some reason this makes me love them even more.

“If I was somebody outside who heard our music, I’d think is this really good or really sh*t?” – Hollingworth

For the past two years, Let’s Eat Grandma have not only made statements on commonly avoided subjects, but somehow seem to have found a balance between the current popular sound, their own experimental style, and typical English club music. Even their music videos include current trends of aesthetics and interesting composition yet keep seemingly innocent content: pretty scenery, riding bicycles. Their lyrics continue this theme; a mix of simple rhymes and eloquent metaphors.

I started writing this with a recommendation, a vague interest in Let’s Eat Grandma and agreement with what they stand for. And yet these girls have completely won me over. I have already introduced them to a few of my friends and searched up videos and interviews by choice. They seem very openly human and yet completely mysterious which, in today’s society, intrigues me. They are young women, like myself, who have a passion for creativity and social injustice. They care about issues that so many huge artists purposefully ignore, lyrics on social conventions and gender roles. These things make me want to support them even more. And, quite simply, I find their music refreshingly honest and downright good.

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