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Leeds, United Kingdom (2006 – 2010)

Leeds based band Grammatics formed in April, 2006 with best friends Owen Brinley and Dominic Ord deciding to form a band after the demise of Owen’s previous band - Colour of Fire. The line-up was pieced together with the addition of Rebecca Dumican and Rory O’Hara and Michael Repeat. They spent the next few months writing and rewriting songs. Perfectionists to the last, the band waited until that October to begin playing live. This paid off and their live performances quickly gained them a reputation as a band to look out for on the Leeds scene. The inclusion of their track “The Shipping Forecast” as the opening track of Leeds label Dance To The Radio’s “Something I Learned Today” compilation saw them start to gain attention nationwide.

Meanwhile tensions within the band, who openly admit to their fondness for arguments, were making progress difficult and in May 2007 Michael left the band to work on other things, going on to form slacker-rock band Wonderswan.

The band continued to build on their already formidable reputation; a Japanese EP released in 2007 sold out, as with their debut 7” release on Dance To The Radio.

After a whole month of touring with Bloc Party as part of the “Bloctober” Tour, and a hometown stage headline slot at the now infamous Brainwash Festival, Emilia Ergin retired from her position in the band and was promptly replaced by former Mother Vulpine guitarist - Lins Wilson.


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  • sincerelyaural

    I'm very grateful that Owen didn't stop making music. Department M shows a lot of promise.

    25 Jan 6:11am Reply
  • ArachnidShelter

    Finding a band that has a sound somewhat like theirs is virtually impossible :(

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • livia_moorland

    they broke my heart when they broke up. nothing will EVER replace them in my music library

    11 Jan 2013 Reply
  • fromsoultosoul

    Best band of my life. broke up

    24 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Steakeye

    any news?

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Olga_Explosion

    Relentless Fours just blow my mind!

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • wearecosmonaut

    Really wish they didn't split up. Fucking awesome.

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • thomascrabb

    @ sakayaisme - sexy bedroom demo here - unrelated to the current recordings.

    26 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Mozzerella10

    More importantly, has he put on some weight?

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • arkmalfion

    He does and he has a solo album/project coming in the near future

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • sakayaisme

    Does Owen Brinley still make music?

    27 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Shannonline

    :O ♥

    26 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Mozzerella10

    That awfully fake laughter at the end of "D.I.L.E.M.M.A." reminds me of that in "Suffer Little Children" by The Smiths

    15 Jul 2011 Reply
  • TJ-Johnson

    Can't remember if I ever posted this here... Here's an acoustic session we filmed with Grammatics from back in August. They performed Krupt and Time Capsules... for us and it was pretty special;

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • walkingabortion

    After settling time, I think my ranking is more like: Cedars-Sinai > Church Of The Great I Am > Stalinesque > Mutant Reverb > KRUPT. I think. KRUPT is hurting too much to listen to now. Grammatics are not a loss I can get over. xx

    18 Dec 2010 Reply
  • calb16

    @16N0R4N7 > - read the question "Can you put some more detail around the circumstances of the split? I know there has been mention of unpaid bills that you were not aware of mounting up."

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • 16N0R4N7

    "due to financial problems that the group were to split" <-- WTF... srsly.

    23 Nov 2010 Reply
  • calvrhodes

    Cedars-Sinai<>Stalinesque>Church>Mutant Reverb>Stankin/KRUPT It's hard to rate.

    15 Oct 2010 Reply
  • keane-m5

    Cedars-Sinai > Mutant Reverb > Church Of The Great I Am > Stalinesque > KRUPT. This EP is awesome. Their music is awesome. The band itself is awesome (but they broke my heart when they decided to split up :P).

    8 Oct 2010 Reply
  • obsessed_nl

    It's all good guys. They have yet to make a song I don't like (and now they probably won't anymore)

    1 Oct 2010 Reply
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