Still unfashionable? Q Magazine should eat their words after Norwich duo win album of year
PUBLISHED: 14:20 19 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:45 19 October 2018
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A respected music magazine has been told to “eat its words” after it handed Norwich duo Let’s Eat Grandma a prestigious award - a few months after branding the city “unfashionable”.
Earlier this year, Q Magazine used the words to describe the city in a review of the local double act, 19-year-olds Roa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth.
But this week Q named I’m All Ears its album of the year in its annual awards - putting Let’s Eat Grandma alongside legends Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller as award winners.
Today Ian Johnson, who has worked with Roa and Jenny since they were 15, gave an insight into their lives.
He said: “I think it’s totally deserved and they are incredibly talented - when they first started they played loads of instruments on stage and it was slightly chaotic but still brilliant but their new stuff is mature and has an electronic, pop-orientated sound.
“When it comes to song-writing they work very hard and are constantly travelling around the world.”
He added: “I think Q magazine will be eating their words - the scene is thriving with Access to Music, BBC Introducing and Sonic Youth at the Norwich Art Centre all playing their part.
“Living in Norwich gives you a space where you don’t get influenced by trends like in bigger cities.
“Let’s Eat Grandma would have struggled in London as they wouldn’t have been taken seriously when they were young whereas in Norwich it’s not weird to see a 14-year-old doing a gig.”
Other acts to emerge out of the Norwich music scene include chart-topping DJ Sigala, Ed Sheeran, who has played in venues across the city, and up-and-coming soul singer Mullally who is signed to Atlantic Records.
Let’s Eat Grandma released I’m All Ears in June 2018 to critical acclaim as a follow-up to their 2016 debut album I, Gemini.
In a glowing five-star review of their latest album, Q music magazine wrote: “It’s one of those intoxicating occasions when an artist has taken a huge unexpected leap forward.”
The duo, who became friends in reception at Recreation Road Infant School in the city, recorded their first album during the summer between year 10 and 11 at Access to Music College in Norwich at a hire fee of £1.