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UK duo Let’s Eat Grandma played two NYC shows (pics/review from Berlin)

I don’t think I’ve ever seen as much instrument-switching as last’s night’s performance by UK duo Let’s Eat Grandma at Berlin in NYC’s East Village (9/21). Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, both 17, switched between keyboards, guitar, bouzouki, recorder, sax and drums, often mid-song, often taking over the other’s keyboard part mid-song. I don’t believe there was a single song in their set where they stayed on just one instrument for the entire thing. All this moving about also included a few moments where they laid on the ground, only to get back up seconds after resting their heads. It was a little comical at times (Rosa’s long tangle of hair pulled over a crash symbol at one point in all this) but it also showed the gumption of these two to recreate the weird, enticing pop on Let’s Eat Grandma’s debut album without any other band members. When it all came together — like on “Eat Shiitake Mushrooms” — it was really something to behold.

This was Let’s Eat Grandma’s second NYC show this week (Rough Trade was Tuesday), and they’ll play Pop Montreal this week. Keep an eye out for their return. Pictures from their Berlin show is above and a little video of “Eat Shiitake Mushrooms” is below.

Let's Eat Grandma: shiitake mushrooms and much instrument switching

A video posted by Bill Pearis (@soundbitesnyc) on

photos by Amanda Hatfield

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