J-14 is scouting out the hottest bands around... and this week's pick is Lawson.
Here are four things you need to know about Lawson who are currently on tour throughout the UK!
London based, pop-band Lawson consists of frontman and guitarist Andy Brown, guitarist Joel Peat, bassist Ryan Fletcher, and drummer Adam Pitts. Though they were first called The Grove, they realized it wasn't as fitting and decided to change their name to Lawson, which was the name of the surgeon who operated on Andy Brown when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 18.
Though they haven't released any music in the US just yet, Lawson just came back from a trip to America, where they played several sold out shows. "It was incredible. This wasn't the first time we've been, but we still weren't expecting the reception we got in New York and Toronto in Canada," Andy says. "It's amazing considering we haven't released a single over there yet."
The title of their debut album 'Chapman Square', which was released last fall in the UK, has a personal meaning to the boys of Lawson. "The name means so much to us, it's where we really came together as a band," Adam says. "We all used to crash at Andy's place on Chapman Square when we first came to London."
Their third single is a track off of 'Chapman Square' called "Standing In The Dark". "Andy and I wrote it whilst staying in a mate's flat which was overlooking the O2 Arena a couple of years ago," Ryan says, "and getting the chance to perform it there earlier this year was a definite highlight for us as a band."
Check out their music video for their single "Standing In The Dark" and let us know what you think!
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