Since the dissolution of The Czars, John Grant has been steadily moving further down an electro lane with each new release. This year’s Creep Show side-project record was no anomaly, as last month’s Love Is Magic proved. Tonight’s return to Brighton is a celebration of his continued ability to balance devastating electro beats with his smooth, almost classic soft rock style. It may take the audience a little while to loosen those limbs, but by the night’s climax they are all eating out of his hand.
Back for the fourth time as a solo artist, John Grant has returned with another treasure trove of quips, sardonic wit, and an ever-increasing array of electropop classics. His love of synths and keyboards have been there since his 2010 solo debut Queen of Denmark, but this record finds him fully embraced in that world. As with this year’s Creep Show side project, Grant is again working with Ben Edwards, and that collaboration continues to provide rich pickings. “Each record I make is more of an amalgamation of who I am,” he explains, saying that this record, “is closer still to how I’ve always wanted my records to sound”.
Currently putting the finishing touches to his long–awaited fourth solo LP, John Grant has announced news of a run of UK and European live dates throughout October and November, including his first ever Brixton Academy performance in London, and a show in Brighton, at the Dome, 29th October. Ahead of this, Grant will perform at this year’s Green Man and Edinburgh festivals in August.