Sunday 15 September 2013

PAIGHTON // Release Vid​eo for Single 'DRIVE​' & Tour Dates with Lawson

Paighton have released their video for new single 'Drive' ahead of sophomore EP 'Chapter 2'. The Nottingham four-piece is heading out on the road in October to support Gold selling pop band Lawson.

To watch the new video, see all the tour dates and to read an interview with the guys themselves click below...

Hailing from Nottingham and aged between 19-23, Paighton are a four-piece co-vocal up-and-coming band from the Midlands. Best described as 'piano driven country-rock' the group strives to push organic music back into the mainstream. After the release of their first E.P: ‘Chapter 1: Umbrellas Away’, the band embarked on their first UK tour in support to ‘Stakeout’ in July. They have also been announced to support US singer-songwriter ‘Tyler Hilton’ on his UK dates in late October / November. 


With their Debut music video ‘Drive (A little piece of me)’ out now, and their sophomore E.P ‘CHAPTER 2: DRIVE’ out mid – Autumn, Paighton are definitely ones to watch out for this year.

We caught up with Joe Atkinson from the band last month-

So, first things first- for people who haven’t heard of you guys how would you sum up your music and where did the name Paighton come from?
Sonically, I'd say our music is a blend of pop/rock with a country twist. It's very piano driven but also makes use of banjo, mandolin and strings - generally not your every day instruments. The songs in themselves are quite poppy, but we love to crank up the guitar and introduce a rock riff or a solo every now and then. We make a point of focusing on the lyrics, which are often incredibly emotional and consequently quite thought-provoking. I like to think we could be a suitable soundtrack to that twilight country drive in an old 60's Mustang! Each song definitely details a story and I think you can definitely associate that vintage vibe with certain parts of the music. Paighton is my middle name, however it's also the name of a character in a TV show I love. Andy also has a distant relative who bears the name. Not the most interesting of origins but we felt that it summed up what we were going for - a sense of maturity, conciseness and intrigue in two syllables.

You have two singers which is quite unusual and I guess gives you that edge and more to play around with?
It definitely gives us a wider range of options to play with. Andy and I have pretty different voices in terms of texture and feel, however when brought together they compliment each other extremely well, in our opinion. Having two singers allows us to really play around with harmony, which many people have said is one of our strongest attributes. We tend to swap vocal parts a lot - at some points Andy will sing the harmony and I'll sing the main tune, and before you know it we've changed around. We think it keeps things a lot more exciting, and opens us up to a variety of different vocal scenarios that wouldn't necessarily be possible if we had just the one singer. 

You’ve just announced that you’re going to be supporting Lawson- are you looking forward to the tour?
We honestly can't wait. Playing venues of that size is a dream come true - we can't thank the Lawson boys enough for taking us out with them. We're currently deep in rehearsal, practicing the set for the tour. Getting to play to thousands of people each night in different cities around the UK - we still can't quite believe it. We've been working towards this for a long time though, so we're going to give it everything we've got and try to make the most of the opportunity in every way possible. 
Read the full interview HERE
Paighton have announced that they are to join Gold selling pop band Lawson on their headline run of the UK. Taking in 15 dates across the UK, the tour commences at Rhyl Pavilion on 28th September, visiting theatres and arenas alike concluding at Belfast’s Ulster Hall on 20th October.
Listen to their current EP ‘CHAPTER 1: UMBRELLAS AWAY’ HERE.