Lawson (band)

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Lawson
Lawson by AndrewRandallPhotography.jpg
Background information
OriginEngland, United Kingdom
GenresPop rock
Years active2009–present
LabelsPolydor, Mercury, Island
Websitewww.lawsonofficial.com
MembersAndy Brown
Joel Peat
Adam Pitts
Ryan Fletcher
 
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Lawson
Lawson by AndrewRandallPhotography.jpg
Background information
OriginEngland, United Kingdom
GenresPop rock
Years active2009–present
LabelsPolydor, Mercury, Island
Websitewww.lawsonofficial.com
MembersAndy Brown
Joel Peat
Adam Pitts
Ryan Fletcher

Lawson are a British pop rock band, consisting of Andy Brown (guitar, lead vocals), Ryan Fletcher (bass guitar, backing vocals), Joel Peat (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Adam Pitts (drums). The band's debut album, Chapman Square, was released on 22 October 2012 and reached number three on the UK Albums Chart. To date, the band have achieved six UK top 20 hit singles. They are named after Liverpool-based surgeon Mr. David Lawson who performed life-saving surgery on Brown.[1][2]

History[edit]

2009–2012: Early career and breakthrough[edit]

The band was formed in late 2009 and were earlier known as "The Groves" but they later changed their name to "Lawson" when Dr David Lawson performed a life-saving brain surgery on the lead singer Andy Brown.[1][2] Lawson began recording material in early 2010. Acoustic versions of their early original material as well as covers of artists such as Bruno Mars and Adele built up an online fanbase. They soon began playing gigs around the United Kingdom, including the Wireless Festival[3] and the Ultrasound Festival.[4][5]

On 8 September 2011, it was announced that the band had been signed to Polydor Records, with a lucrative two-album deal on the cards. After signing to a major label, Lawson were tasked with opening for acts such as The Wanted, Will Young,[6] Avril Lavigne,[7] and Jessie J.[8] The band toured extensively at the beginning of 2012, fitting in a headline tour of the UK in January[9] and another in May[10] as well as a one-off intimate show at Monto Water Rats in London[11] which was streamed worldwide in April. During this time the band worked on material for their debut album with writers and producers such as Carl Falk and John Shanks.

2012–present: Chapman Square[edit]

Main article: Chapman Square

The band's first official single, "When She Was Mine", was released in May 2012 and reached number four on the UK Singles Chart.[12] Following the single release, the band undertook their second headline tour, selling out venues in London, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield and Birmingham.[13] The band's second single, "Taking Over Me", was released on in August 2012, peaking at number three in the UK. In the summer of 2012, Lawson performed at T in the Park,[14] V Festival[15] and alongside Bruce Springsteen at Hard Rock Calling.[16] They also announced a Hometown Tour,[17] playing dates from October through November in their respective home towns and London, where they reside now. In October 2012, the band released their third official single, "Standing in the Dark", which reached number six in the UK. The band later revealed that their debut album, Chapman Square, would be released on 22 October. Guitarist Joel Peat said of the album: "We're all so excited to release our debut album, we've been building up to it for the past four years, and the album's title for us is special, because it is the first place that we played together as a band. Going out on tour to support the album is amazing too. Doing shows in our home towns feels like the perfect way to celebrate. Performing live is what we love the most, so to be able to play our biggest venues to date in the cities where we grew up is very special." Lawson cited many inspirations for their debut album, including John Mayer and Taylor Swift.[18] On 22 October 2012, Lawson released Chapman Square, peaking at number four in the UK Albums Chart. The album was later certified gold. The band finished the year performing at the Oxford Street Christmas Lights switch on with Robbie Williams[19] and at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball where their performance was watched by Taylor Swift.[19]

At the beginning of 2013, Lawson played their first headline shows in the US and Canada selling out New York's Bowery Ballroom, The Troubadour in LA and The Mod Club in Canada.[20] In February, they embarked on the Chapman Square tour, playing 18 sold out shows in the UK and Ireland.[21] While working on new tracks for the repack of Chapman Square they visited South East Asia[22] and Australia[23] as well as announcing numerous festival dates including T in the Park,[24] V Festival[25] and Hard Rock Calling[26] for the second year running and Isle of Wight Festival for the first time.

"Brokenhearted", featuring American rapper B.o.B, was released as the lead single from the repackaged version of Chapman Square in July 2013, reaching number six in the UK. B.o.B flew over to the UK to perform Brokenhearted with the band at Wembley Stadium for the Capital FM Summertime Ball.[27] The band announced their second single, "Juliet", while on tour in the US for the second time in 2013.[28] The track was released on 13 October 2013. British model and actress Kelly Brook stars as the titular character in the video. The band were included in the line-up of the iTunes Festival 2013, opening for Jessie J.[29] Lawson began their biggest headline tour to date, the "Everywhere We Go Tour", in September 2013.[30] The repackaged version of their debut album titled Chapman Square / Chapter II was released on 21 October 2013. The reissue featured all twelve of the songs from standard edition of the Chapman Square (though not the full sixteen of the deluxe edition), plus six new songs. The deluxe edition of Chapter II includes a second disc including acoustic songs and a short tour film.[31]

Members[edit]

Digital[edit]

In December 2013, the first official mobile game was launched for the band by SoshiGames of Birmingham, UK. Available across iOS (Apple), Android (Google Play) and Facebook, the trivia game tests the players knowledge of the band, its members and music.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
UKIRLSCO
Chapman Square
  • Released: 22 October 2012
  • Label: Polydor Records, Global Talent Records
  • Formats: CD, 2CD, 3CD, Digital download
4234BPI: Gold

Singles[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
UKIRLHUNPOLSCO
2012"When She Was Mine"4464Chapman Square
"Taking Over Me"332393
"Standing in the Dark"6505
"Learn to Love Again"13509
2013"Brokenhearted"
(featuring B.o.B)
612405Chapman Square - Chapter II
"Juliet"33233
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.

Music videos[edit]

YearTitleDirector
2012"When She Was Mine"Declan Whitebloom
"Taking Over Me"Josh Forbes
"Standing in the Dark"Nick Bartleet
"Learn To Love Again"Shane Drake
2013"Brokenhearted"
(featuring B.o.B)
Declan Whitebloom
"Juliet"Carly Cussen

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lawson's Andy Brown Visits The Doctor Who Saved His Life - Pictures, News and Music Videos - Heart FM". Heart.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  2. ^ a b Lawson meet Dr Lawson! - ITV News
  3. ^ "Wireless 2010 :: Line Up". Wirelessfestival.co.uk. 2010-07-02. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  4. ^ "Tamworth UltraSound Music Festival - Tamworth". Urldir.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  5. ^ Lawson at Universal Music
  6. ^ Green, Laurence (2011-11-19). "Lawson to head out on tour with Will Young". TotallyVivid. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  7. ^ Name (required). "Avril Lavigne @ HMV Apollo 21st September 2011 « Planet Music Reviews". Planetmusicreviews.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  8. ^ Jessie J at Warwick Castle
  9. ^ Lawson Announce 2012 Headline UK Shows - Stereoboard
  10. ^ Lawson Announce New May UK Tour - Capital FM
  11. ^ Lawson play Monto Water Rats | Reviews | News | 4Music
  12. ^ "First listen: Lawson's When She Was Mine". 4Music. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  13. ^ "Lawson Set To Tour In May". The Student Magazine. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  14. ^ T In The Park | T Break Stage, , UK, Sunday, Jul 8 2012
  15. ^ Lawson at V Festival 2012 | Gallery | 4Music
  16. ^ Lawson - Hard Rock Calling 2012 - Digital Spy
  17. ^ Lawson announce UK 'Home Town' tour - Music News - Digital Spy
  18. ^ Lawson's Andy Brown: 'Taylor Swift told us she loves Standing in the Dark' | Sugarscape |
  19. ^ a b Robbie Williams Hails Lawson As "Lovely Lads" After Christmas Lights Ceremony - Capital FM
  20. ^ Lawson Announce US Tour Dates For January 2013 - Capital FM
  21. ^ Lawson Announce Chapman Square Tour For Feb And March 2013 | Contactmusic.com
  22. ^ "Lawson - Asia Tour 2013 | Getmusic Asia". News.getmusicasia.com. 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  23. ^ Lawson Announce First Australian Concert - The Hot Hits
  24. ^ April 2013 – Ke$ha, Little Mix, Lawson and more join 20th year celebrations
  25. ^ V Festival 2013 Confirms John Newman, Idris Elba, Naughty Boy, Seasick Steve And Lawson | Contactmusic.com
  26. ^ "Calling Festival 2014 | Official Calling Festival Website". Hardrockcalling.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  27. ^ Lawson Joined By B.o.B During Summertime Ball 2013 Performance - Capital FM
  28. ^ Juliet Announcement from NYC! - YouTube
  29. ^ Tinie Tempah, Lawson, Avicii & Bastille added to iTunes Festival 2013 | General | News | 4Music
  30. ^ Lawson announce 'Everywhere We Go' UK tour - Music News - Digital Spy
  31. ^ Chapman Square / Chapter II – PREORDER NOW! | |
  32. ^ a b c d LAWSON

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