Review: Lawson, Rescue Rooms, by Nick Parkhouse
WHILE Nottingham's music scene is currently riding a wave of success thanks to the likes of Jake Bugg, it's easy to forget that there's a local lad who has already enjoyed three top 10 hits this year.
Joel Peat, brought up in Ravenshead, is the guitarist with pop-rock band Lawson and the 20-year-old brought his bandmates to the Rescue Rooms as part of the quartet's small 'homecoming' tour.
Hotfooting it straight from London – where they had helped Robbie Williams turn on the Oxford Street lights - the band took to the stage to a rapturous reception, many of the audience clearly having come to see their local hero.
They performed songs from their top five debut album Chapman Square and quickly generated a warm and enthusiastic atmosphere from a sell-out crowd.
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Lawson are at the pop end of the guitar band spectrum and their timely cover of Katy Perry's Firework – it was Bonfire Night after all – highlighted their pop sensibilities. Hearing them, I'm always reminded of McFly, although their songs are more earnest and anthemic than their multi-million selling peers.Lawson have already announced a Rock City date for next March and the packed house at the Rescue Rooms suggests they are destined for even bigger things.
With songs such as the top five hits Taking Over Me and When She Was Mine and the brilliant Standing In The Dark – their encore here – Lawson prove that there's a place in the musical landscape for a band who produce unashamedly poppy tunes.
"I love Nottingham sooo much", declared Peat. It's clear his love is requited.