I n January , John Grant was shopping for shoes in London, in preparation for a trip to Sweden, when he received a text message. Life seemed to be working out for the American singer-songwriter. After many years of depression, poverty and addiction, he had returned to music with a widely lauded solo album, Queen of Denmark , crowned the best album of by Mojo magazine. He was looking forward to starting work on the follow-up with the Swedish electronic producer Kleerup.
John Grant: US singer's Iceland life
John Grant: US singer's Iceland life | RNZ
John Grant is content being the best version of himself as a solo singer-songwriter living in Iceland, a place far from home in many ways. The pandemic forced the ex-lead singer of alternative rock band the Czars to reschedule a UK, Ireland and Europe tour meant to run from August to December. However, he has stayed busy during lockdown, working on a new album. His lyrics could be described as both nostalgic and reflective of a healthier inner dialogue and sense of self. So, they decided to stay, we made this record and I seemed to very much to glorify my childhood, my early childhood, growing up in Michigan. I seemed to constantly be trying to get that back.
John Grant: ‘I always wanted to be the silent strong type, but I couldn’t keep my mouth shut'
John William Grant born July 25, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He came to prominence as the co-founder, lead vocalist, pianist, and primary songwriter for the alternative rock band the Czars. After releasing six studio albums from to , the band split up and Grant took a break from music before starting a solo career in Grant's debut solo album Queen of Denmark was named in the best album of the year by Mojo.
If you expect someone to put up with you and all your bullshit, you have to do the same for them. Grey Tickles, Black Pressure sets out its stall from the title, the first part taken from the literal Icelandic translation for mid-life crisis and the second the direct Turkish translation for nightmare. Between the musical span of tart ballads and fizzy electro-pop, Grant dissects and deconstructs the stuff of the human condition with bite and wit. It takes in a troubled childhood filled with homophobic bullying, a spell in the critically acclaimed but largely ignored Denver band The Czars, heavy days of dazed drinking and drugging and a return to music when Texan band Midlake persuaded him to record his debut album Queen of Denmark.