By Jennifer Lynn
It’s been a mammoth year for Lawson, the British boy band originally hailed as successors to JLS and The Wanted’s pop crowns, but who have proven they can more than hold their own with the big boys… and girls. “We love The Wanted, we’re good friends with them and we toured with them,” says lead guitarist Joel Peat. “But we’re more like One Republic or The Script, bands with lots of guitars in.”
“I’d actually say we’re more like Taylor Swift,” says lead singer Andy Brown. “If you put Taylor Swift’s voice on our song, it’d sound like a Taylor Swift song.” A strange comparison perhaps, but not entirely impossible to see- Lawson’s debut album Chapman Square is filled with tales of love and heartbreak, which Ms. Swift is certainly no stranger to. “She’s definitely who I model myself on,” laughs bassist Ryan Fletcher.
Lawson’s full interview, where the lads spill the beans on heartbreak, home comforts and hotel visitors, appears in the November issue of Scotcampus (out November 2nd). Here, Joel, Andy, Ryan and drummer Adam Pitts tell Scotcampus about their new album, chart success and enjoying a good group cuddle.
Congratulations guys, your new single Standing In The Dark has just charted at number six! How does it feel to have your third top ten single?
Joel: Thanks very much! We’ve got amazing fans, so we always knew that we had a good backing, but we never thought we’d be able to get three top ten singles in a year. It’s amazing.
Your debut album Chapman Square is out now, and it was named after the area where Andy used to live, where you wrote all your songs. What’s the craziest thing that ever happened at Chapman Square?
Andy: [laughs] Good question! We had a big party one night and sent Ryan to get the beers…
Ryan: I will never live this down, ever. Can I just say, before we start this, that this was before we had any money. We were so skint.
Adam: Which is why we all chipped in, we gave Ryan a fiver each to sort us out…
Andy: He came back with three crates of Becks. On the side it said alcohol-free! He’d bought THREE CRATES of alcohol-free beer!
Joel: With our only money!
Andy: I remember all four of us woke up in my bed that night, it was a one bed flat.
Joel: We used to all sleep in that bed. We don’t mind a snuggle!
A lot of the songs on your album were written about your ex-girlfriend [The Saturdays’ Mollie King], Andy. What was it about heartache that made you want to write songs instead of just going down the pub?
Andy: I think for a creative purpose, if you’ve ever been through any sort of sad time in your life, whether it be like a family member dying or a break-up or whatever, for me personally it just tends to lead to a good song.
Adam: And also there’s something special about being on stage singing a song with so much meaning, and a crowd singing it back with the same meaning, because it relates to their life as well.
Lawson’s debut album Chapman Square is out now. For the full double page interview get this month’s Scotcampus, out November 2nd.