Boy band Lawson were given a warm Scottish welcome when they arrived in Glasgow yesterday to sign copies of their debut album Chapman Square.
The four-piece – Andy Brown, Joel Peat, Ryan Fletcher, Adam Pitts – turned up to Glasgow’s HMV on Buchanan Street to meet 300 fans who had queued for hours to be in with a shot of seeing the guys.
And they were rewarded for their patience, with Lawson performing a short set of their biggest hits, including When She Was Mine and Standing In The Dark.
Speaking to stv.tv’s Gill Harvey, Ryan said the band love getting the chance to take part in meet-and-greet events like this.
“We can’t wait to get down there play a few songs from the album,” Ryan said.
Joel added: “[In Glasgow] we have the craziest gigs ever. On the last headline gig, we started up here… and it was just wicked, so loud. Awesome.”
Chapman Square is out this week and includes the boys’ top five singles When She Was Mine, Taking Over Me and their top ten hit Standing In The Dark.
“It’s something we’ve been working on for about four years, Chapman Square, it’s very personal,” Andy explained.
“We wrote everything ourselves. It’s typical meaningful guitar-led pop-rock, that’s what we like to call it. We take inspiration from Coldplay, The Script, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5. It’s not too far away from that sort of vibe."
The singer and guitarist added: "It’s very personal to us. It’s stories basically. Every song is a story. My ex-relationship is outlined quite a lot on there, but about all our experiences in love and heartbreak.”
The album was released on Monday this week – so are the boys hoping to hit number one in the album charts at the weekend?
“The thing is the competition is incredibly high. It’s hard enough to just release an album these days never mind get a number one so I think if we can even get a top ten it would be a dream come true for us,” Andy said.
“This time last year we’d just got signed and we were playing small venues, so to get a top ten album would be a dream come true.
“In the charts right now you’ve got the likes of Taylor Swift releasing… Swedish House Mafia… massive, massive artists. Mumford & Sons have the biggest selling album in America. So just to be in the mix with names like that is incredible for us.”
With a current position of number three in the midweek charts, it looks like the boys could be well on track to achieve the position they’re keeping their fingers crossed for.