Examiner.com had the opportunity to interview British pop rock band Lawson at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day presented by Hess, yesterday. While, some are comparing the band, which consists of Adam Pitts, Andy Brown, Joel Peat, Ryan Fletcher, to The Wanted and One Direction, they are different. They are accomplished songwriters and musicians. But the one thing they do have in common, is that they may be the next big musical act from the UK to crossover.
Lawson is massively popular in the UK. They have had five hits in Britain: "When She Was Mine,""Taking Over Me," "Standing in the Dark,""Learn to Love Again," and "Brokenhearted" featuring B.o.B. They even toured with The Wanted, who also made a surprise appearance at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day.
The song that the guys performed at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center was "Learn to Love Again" and they were excited to introduce the track to American audiences. It will hit radio next month.
Andy: Hi I’m Andy and I’m in Lawson.
Ryan: I’m Ryan and I play bass in Lawson.
Adam: I’m Adam and I play drums in Lawson.
Joel: I’m Joel and I play guitar in Lawson.
How excited are you guys to be here at the US Open at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day?
Joel: It’s absolutely awesome. Everyone seems to be in good spirits, the weather’s out, and going to see some sports, going to see some music, see a little bit of everything today. It’s wicked.
Are you guys excited to introduce yourself to American audiences today?
Adam: Definitely, we’re going to be playing our brand new first single in America, which is called "Learn to Love Again," which goes to radio next month, so it’s probably going to be the first time a lot of people hear it. It’s like a debut for us.
Ryan: That was our last single back in the UK, which did really well, so hopefully we’ll be able to bring that out at some point in the US also, but at the moment we have a single that is "Learn to Love Again," which is out now and we’re going to play it today.
Tell me about working with B.O.B.
Andy: Working with B.O.B. was great. He was a lovely guy. Very down to earth, very humble. Incredible musician, very talented, so it was an honor to be involved with him.
What can fans expect from your album?
Adam: It’s quite a rocky album. There’s lots of of guitar solos, but there’s also a lot of meaningful songs about real life situations, which were all written by Andy and we all played the album all ourselves, it’s by us, so it’s quite personal. But hopefully you guys will like it.
How did you guys form up the band Lawson?
Ryan: It actually started out with Adam began speaking to Andy on Myspace a few years ago and they started the band from that and I knew Andy from gigging around London and then I joined the band and then I asked Joel, who I’ve known since I was 15 if he wanted to play guitar - we used to be in separate bands and stuff - and then yeah, it’s been Lawson ever since.
Tell me a little bit about the musical influences on the band.
Joel: We’re bands like King of Leon and The Script, those guys are awesome. John Mayer’s a big one, we love John Mayer. The Eagles, The Beatles and all bands like that. Loads of influences.
The "Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Special" airs today on CBS Sports at 12 p.m. ET