Review: Lawson, Rock City
IN a year that promises to bring even more success for emerging boy band Lawson, Ravenshead guitarist Joel Peat achieved a personal milestone at their sold out Rock City performance.
Having grown up watching bands at the Nottingham venue, it was the first time Peat himself had performed on the stage and in the process fulfilled a childhood dream.
Currently embarking on their Chapman Square tour, following the Top 5 success of their debut album of the same name, Lawson are a four piece pop band centered around singer, songwriter and former Avenue member Andy Brown.
Formed in 2009, the band initially chose the name Grove but after Brown was diagnosed with a brain tumor the quartet decided to change their name to honour the surgeon who operated and ultimately saved the lead singer’s life.
Having enjoyed huge chart success in 2012 with three top ten singles and then touring with one of the UK’s biggest boy bands The Wanted, Lawson have found their niche in the market as a guitar driven band.
It is easy to see who the band’s primary target is. Waves of teenage girls grappled to be nearer to the Rock City stage, although an impressive turnout of more mature fans was perhaps a surprise. Performing 90 minutes of solid anthemic rock-pop, neither the crazed teenage super-fans nor the older section of the crowd wanted the boys to leave the stage.
Lawson entered the stage to a barrage screams and opened with Everywhere You Go before following with the catchy track Gone. The setting was minimalistic, but their stage presence was contagious and the room was already rocking.
After performing a handful of other tracks from the album, Joel Peat, bassist Ryan Fletcher and drummer Adam Pitts left Andy Brown alone on the stage to perform a stirring rendition of rock-ballad Stolen. Brown is not just a pretty face; his smooth voice possesses maturity beyond his years.
The three other members returned to even more screams from the crowd and launched into a cover of Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child, which, although fans of the Swedish trio will contest, was arguably better than the original.
Lawson closed with their most popular song to date Standing in the Dark and promised to return to Nottingham soon, something that the sell out crowd will be hoping comes true.