Thursday 17 May 2012

Lawson // Live Review, Leeds Cockpit

Well, don’t say we didn’t warn you! We tipped Lawson as a band to watch [HERE] and they have been taking 2012 by storm ever since. Their much anticipated debut single “When She Was Mine” is released on 27th May and the boys have just commenced a sell out UK tour. We headed down to catch up with the quartet as they played Leeds Cockpit.

Adam and Ryan on stage in Leeds
The long line of girls sweeping around the outside of The Cockpit tell us that Lawson are in town and that the crowd here tonight could not be more excited about the boys’ second headline tour. Since we last caught up with the band in January they have been supporting The Wanted on tour, appeared in countless press, had extensive radio play and been gathering hoard of fans along the way; all this and they haven’t even released their debut. Tonight is representative of just how far they’ve come and Lawson couldn’t be more content and appreciative of the fans. With a packed out venue that is erupting with excitement and a lot of screaming, it is time for the pop-rock quartet to take to the stage. Strong opener “Gone” sets the tone for the night; upbeat, loud and anthemic. Lawson really give their all to the live show; really driving songs such as “Red Sky”, with their catchy hooks and guitar riffs brought to life on stage. 

The rock based, guitar rooted sound that is at the core of Lawson is softened with strong infectious pop melodies, meaning they appeal to mainstream radio but then also work perfectly in independent venues such as The Cockpit. In addition to fan favourites, they debut newer material which is bound for their album. “Who You Gonna Call” and “Everywhere You Go” which lead to a trio of slower Lawson songs. Not only do the band have a handle on the soaring pop-rock anthems, but can also hold down more mellow, slower ballads; both of which The Cockpit audience love in equal measure, captivated entirely throughout.

Lawson's Andy Brown
Last time we saw Lawson their set was littered with cover versions which saw entire crowds signing along. However, it’s not the covers that the audience are signing along to this evening; these covers are exchanged for their own songs which prove that Lawson originals are just as popular. “Waterfall” and the unarguably infectious “Standing In The Dark” prove what a handle Lawson have on writing catchy pop-rock songs that bring a fullness to their sound and indeed performance. The boys can’t help throwing in one cover though, and after the trio of more slow paced songs the crowd are re-energised and raring to go. Debuting their take on Maroon 5’s infamous “Moves Like Jagger”, Lawson genuinely look like they’re having the time of their lives. Their stage presence is contagious and the atmosphere they create in the sold out venue is electric. Closing the set with forthcoming single “When She Was Mine” and definite crowd favourite, Lawson show just how dynamic and consistent a band they are.

On paper, Lawson may very well blend into the huge number of guitar based pop bands out there in today’s market, However, Lawson couldn’t be far from it; their music makes a real impact on Leeds Cockpit tonight. And with an album to come we are looking forward to hearing more from these boys. If you have tickets for the tour you are in for a treat, and for those who don’t, make sure you secure your ticket quickly for the next tour.

Pre-order a signed copy of the single HERE 

To read our interview with the boys on their first headline tour click HERE