The band’s Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth tell us why they love 80s remixes, absurdist below-the-line comments, and disgusting videos
Dazed Faves is the series where we talk all things online – that surreal meme account you’re obsessed with, weird conspiracy theory subreddits, ASMR YouTubes, or slime Instagrams.
Let’s Eat Grandma take their peculiar name from an internet meme. Christening themselves after the popular grammar rule explaining the life-and-death consequences of correct comma placement, childhood friends Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth first broke onto the scene with the release of their debut album, I, Gemini, in 2016. An enchanting medley of synth pop, hip hop, and nursery rhymes, it was as enigmatic a record as you might expect from two self-proclaimed teenage witches.
Their second album, I'm All Ears, featured production from artists like SOPHIE and The Horrors’ Faris Badwan, and was released to widespread acclaim last summer, landing at number five on Dazed’s best albums of 2018. From synth-pop anthem “Hot Pink” to the stripped back piano ballad “Ava”, the album included more worldly reflections on femininity, love, and depression, without eschewing the amorphous musicianship of their debut.
Given their own band name came from a joke they saw online, Let’s Eat Grandma are a perfect match for Dazed’s Faves series, where artists tell us about their online browsing habits. With Walton and Hollingworth now set to head out on tour, first supporting Chvrches across their February UK dates, and then heading out for a run of North American shows in April, we got on the phone with the duo to discuss – grammatical memes aside – their favourite Vines, tweets, and general oddities from the worldwide web.
FAVE CHANNEL: TRONICBOX
Jenny Hollingworth: Me and Rosie really like 80s pop bangers, and when we discovered that this channel did loads of 80s versions of songs it just ticked all the boxes.
Rosa Walton: One of our favourites is the “What Do You Mean?” 80s version – Justin Bieber has an 80s hairstyle.
Jenny Hollingworth: I really like the Paramore version of Zara Larsson’s “Never Forget You” as well…
Rosa Walton: …“Zaramore”!
Jenny Hollingworth: The thing is, with Haley’s iconic red hairstyle, Zara Larsson kind of looks like her, which is crazy.
FAVE VINE: LADY AND THE TRAMP IN REAL LIFE
Rosa Walton: Just a note for this one: it’s “Lady and the Tramp in real life”, not “REAL LIFE: LADY AND THE TRAMP”, which is a different video.
Jenny Hollingworth: This is really funny because Rosie’s written this down and in capitals she’s put “NOT”.
Rosa Walton: Because both videos end in the dog sicking up the spaghetti, but it’s the way that the spaghetti sort of slops out in the right one that’s funny. With the other one it’s just like a short cough.
Jenny Hollingworth: It kind of looks like they’ve reversed a video of a dog eating spaghetti.
Rosa Walton: It’s just so funny. I sent it to loads of my friends when I found it and most people just replied like: “What the fuck? That’s so disgusting.” But I love it.
FAVE VIDEO: HERE COMES DAT BOI AESTHETIC – VAPORWAVE
Jenny Hollingworth: In 2016 we got really into these vaporwave remixes, where everybody samples 80s songs and then they just slow the speed and use a low-pass filter. It kind of felt like a weird fantasy world where it was half 80s, half in the future – and it was kind of specific to the internet.
The anime version is from an anime called Sakamoto desu ga?, which is like the most ridiculous anime ever. But the vaporwave version is genuinely a good song of “here come dat boi”.
Rosa Walton: Jenny actually got a mug made. On one side it says “here come”, and then on the other side it says...
Jenny Hollingworth: “o shit waddup!” My sister got it for me for Christmas.
FAVE TWEET: “THE PIG GIRL”
Jenny Hollingworth: This is a real comment from an article about the Muppets movie, which was written like eight years ago. So somebody just took the comment and did it as a tweet. It’s just how ridiculous people are when they comment random crap for the sake of it. And also the whole comment changes tenses like three times – it’s so funny.
I don’t know who the person is. That’s kind of the thing though. I feel like these days people our age will try and show one of our parents a video of something and they’ll be like: “Who is this?” And we’ll be like: “That’s not the point! It doesn't matter!” Everything’s just so random.
Let’s Eat Grandma’s UK tour with Chvrches starts February 7, their US tour starts April 1