Celebrity interview: Lawson

Lawson singer-songwriter Andy Brown, who will be co-writing with Guy Chambers.

Lawson singer-songwriter Andy Brown, who will be co-writing with Guy Chambers.

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Lawson are a four-piece guitar pop band. They released their debut album Chapman Square in October 2012. Songwriter Andy Brown talks about the group’s UK tour and their success Stateside

YOU’VE JUST COME BACK FROM AMERICA. HOW WAS THAT?

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.

The shows were all sold out, and we did some great TV appearances, such as Access Hollywood and MTV. It’s amazing considering we haven’t released a single over there yet.

DOES THE SUCCESS OF ONE DIRECTION, ADELE AND ED SHEERAN MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU?

Yes, definitely. But I think music fans in America just appreciate good music, so Coldplay have obviously been big there for ages, and Mumford & Sons more recently, and The Script. I think they just like UK artists, and musicianship.

WHAT DID THEY MAKE OF YOUR LIVERPUDLIAN ACCENT?

They barely understood a word. I had to speak a lot slower.

ARE YOU BUSY REHEARSING?

Yes, getting the set together, getting all the things we need, and I’ve got a few endorsements to sort – I want a few new guitars!

But we’ve been gigging together for so long and we’ve just done the shows in America, so we’re OK.

People from the label like to come down and see us as well, give us their input. It’s nothing too complicated, and great fun. We love touring more than anything.

THIS IS THE BIGGEST TOUR YOU’VE DONE. THAT MUST FEEL LIKE PROGRESS?

Most definitely, things are moving in the right direction. We’re playing Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, and the Academy in Manchester, which is a place I saw a lot of bands when I was growing up. We’re doing two nights in a 2,500-capacity venue. I think the last time we played in Manchester we played to 250 people.

ARE YOU GOING TO START THE SECOND ALBUM SOON?

Actually I think we’re going to re-release this first album but add five or six new songs to it. I’ve been writing a lot, and we held some songs back from the first album too, so they’re ready to go.

I think we’ve got at least half an album’s worth, and I’ve got some co-writing sessions with Guy Chambers in the coming weeks too.

* Lawson will play at Leeds Academy on Tuesday (Feb 26)

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