Who are they?
Lawson is a British pop rock band, consisting of Andy Brown (acoustic guitar and lead vocals), Ryan Fletcher (bass guitar and backing vocals), Joel Peat (lead guitar and backing vocals) and Adam Pitts (drums). The band is currently based in London. Their debut album, Chapman Square, was released on 22nd October 2012 and reached number four on the UK Albums Chart. To date, the band has achieved five UK top 20 hit singles. They are named after Liverpool-based surgeon Mr. David Lawson who performed lifesaving brain surgery on Brown.
How did they get started?
They 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 community. Later on, they started playing gigs around the UK in many festivals. Furthermore, they opened for acts such as The Wanted, Will Young, Avril Lavigne, and Jessie J, in 2011 and 2012.
Lawson’s first single, “When she was mine” was released in May 2012 and was a huge success on the UK Singles Chart. Moreover, the band undertook their second headline tour, selling out venues in London, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield and Birmingham. The band’s second single, “Taking Over Me,” was released in August 2012, and was also a huge success.
After having many performances and a Hometown Tour in 2012, the band released their third single, “Standing in the Dark,” in October 2012, soon followed by their debut album Chapman Square, certified gold and inspired by John Mayer and Taylor Swift. The beginning of 2013 highlighted the band’s international shows in New York, Los Angeles, and Canada. The lead single from the repackaged version of Chapman Square, “Brokenhearted,” was released in July 2013 and the band’s second single, “Juliet,” also generated lots of buzz.
Lawson began their biggest headline tour to date, the “Everywhere We Go Tour”, in September 2013.