Following the success of the platinum-selling, top 5 album, Chapman Square, comes Lawson, the self-titled new album by the UK quartet. Lawson’s new album is packed with a host of triumphant and infectious anthems. This seamless transition is rubber-stamped by the lead track ‘Roads’. Perhaps a nod to the band’s growth, Andy explores the theme of addiction. “The song derived from a line I’d heard on a TV program and the main character said to his love interest; ‘all roads lead back to you’ and it got me thinking about various forms of addiction.” Brown explains.
“For me there was one girl especially and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t shake her. Every time I thought I could be without her I felt sick, I wasn’t the same person. She was a drug I couldn’t get enough off and I wasn’t right without her. She was my addiction and all roads led back to her.”
It is clear that Brown has paid huge tributes to the mentors in his life, naming the band in honour of David Lawson, the surgeon who in 2006 saved Andy’s life during a 17 hour operation to remove a brain tumour. Roads is just one of several emotional subjects covered on their new album. Brown pays huge tribute to many of the influential people in his life. The song ‘Champion’ was written after the loss of their manager's father. "It's a song about dealing with grief" reflected Brown. “In this case it was someone very close to me. I used that emotion and put it into words. I believe if we keep our heads held high, we will find light at the end of the tunnel". The challenging tracks signal a real progression in Lawson’s lyrical output.
Throughout the writing process, Brown’s focus on music was unwavering. The band flew to Nashville, USA to record tracks for their forthcoming album. The famous Blackbird studios, where rock royalty Kings of Leon had recorded their previous album, became Lawson’s temporary sanctuary: “It was such an inspiring place to be,” says Brown. “We’d be in the studio and Maroon 5 would be recording next to us. Nashville is one of the most musical places in the world and it gave us the inspiration to really challenge ourselves creatively.”
A journey of self-discovery has produced a mature, refined sound, reflecting how this band have turned to men.
Release Date: 09 Oct 2015
Catalogue No: 4759037
Disc Count: 1
Transfer Format: Compact Disc
Video Format: Pop
Primary Audio: 4759037
Subtitles: Universal Music