Michael A Grammar (New band of the day No 1,649)

New Midlands band channelling Madchester via the Thames Valley

Hometown: Nottingham.

The lineup: Frankie Mockett (guitar, vocals), Joel Sayers (guitar, vocals), Daniel Ondieki (bass), John Davies (drums).

The background: Michael A Grammar are like a Manchester band doing an impression of a Thames Valley one; a hybrid of baggy and shoegaze. That's not as curdling a concoction as it might sound: both musics, after all, had as their goal bliss-out and sweet surrender. But it's true: listening to tracks from their Vitamin Easy EP and forthcoming single the Day I Come Alive is like hearing what might have occurred had the Stone Roses decamped to Reading in 1991 for a stoned session with Slowdive. We're talking ambient noise-pop heavy on hazy atmospherics, with the slow-motion momentum of a krautrock band drifting listlessly on the autobahn (sorry, M6 and M40). Narcotic yet nice, would be our opening marketing gambit.

Reading on mobile? Click here to listen

They're named after a song by Birmingham electronicists Broadcast and they're from Brighton originally but live in Nottingham and record for a Manchester-based label. Pass the SatNav. They recorded their Vitamin Easy EP in a haunted Victorian coach-house in the East Midlands, and you can sort of tell. There is so much echo there is hardly room for all the delay. Eerie atmospherica your chosen tipple? You need Michael A Grammar. All Night, Afloat has a motorik charge, with a chant of a chorus, although this is far from the yob-stomp of yesterday's new band IC1s. The treated vocal is interesting - half in-its-own-world, half a tool for mass communication. The guitars, too, shimmer experimentally while clamouring for attention. The guitars on Light of a Darkness have a country and western twang - think Joy Division in Texas. Upside Down sets the controls for sun-dappled and brings to mind Brian Eno if he was an indie band. On King and Barnes the singer has the stoned baritone of Ian Brown doing an impression of Ian Curtis. The newest track, the Day I Come Alive, is their best to date, a break from their slothful shimmer, more fully realised, closer to a proper single than anything they've yet recorded, with a radiant starglow of a chorus, or an effulgent rainburst - something dazzling and elemental, anyway. At times like these, you think, they're gonna be adored.

The buzz: "A remarkably assured document, Michael A Grammar fuse the rhythmic pulse of krautrock with a near-psychedelic sense of wonder" - Clash.

The truth: Madchester heads south for a baggy/shoegaze summit.
Most likely to: Soar.

Least likely to: Bore.

What to buy: The Day I Come Alive is from their forthcoming EP Random Vision, released on January 27, 2014 by Melodic.

File next to: Stone Roses, Slowdive, Eno, Beta Band.

Links: facebook.com/michaelagrammarband.

Thursday's new band: Naked (On Drugs).

Contributor

Paul Lester

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
New band of the day: London Grammar (No 1,497)

The sound of 'the new xx' is overwhelmingly polite …

Paul Lester

22, Apr, 2013 @5:14 PM

Article image
Girl Band (New band of the day No 1,673)

Irish boy band making a racket bearing the influence of krautrock and goth - but not grunge

Paul Lester

08, Jan, 2014 @7:00 AM

Article image
IC1s (New band of the day No 1,648)

Reading on mobile? Click here to listen

Paul Lester

26, Nov, 2013 @7:00 AM

Article image
New band of the day: September 2010 playlist

Enjoy reading Paul Lester's daily new band tips? Then why not listen to the musicians he's raving about

Paul Lester

30, Sep, 2010 @1:44 PM

Article image
Gossling (New band of the day No 1,624)

Australian songsmith channelling naiveté and experience, both highly tunefully (and with a hint of the Coldplays)

Paul Lester

23, Oct, 2013 @6:00 AM

Article image
Darlia (New band of the day No 1,644)

Rising Blackpool band spearheading the latest rock revival

Paul Lester

20, Nov, 2013 @7:00 AM

Article image
Southern (New band of the day No 1,631)

They're from Belfast, they're a brother-sister duo, but don't call them the Northern Irish White Stripes, or else

Paul Lester

01, Nov, 2013 @7:00 AM

Article image
New Band of the Day Live – in pictures

Highlights from the second New Band of the Day showcase at the Barfly in London, featuring Kyla La Grange, the Hall of Mirrors, We Were Evergreen, Bobby Tank, Seasfire and Digits

21, Jun, 2012 @1:52 PM

Article image
New Band of the Day live - in pictures

Highlights from the live incarnation of Paul Lester's New Band of the Day column at the Barfly in London

Guardian music

27, Jan, 2012 @6:03 PM

Article image
New band of the week: Pinkshinyultrablast (No 28)
Introducing the finest Russian shoegaze band in the world today!

Paul Lester

24, Oct, 2014 @4:16 PM