FRESH: ‘The Westside’ – LAWRN

LAWRN release “The Westside”

“The Westside” is the second single from London band LAWRN’s (pronounced Lauren) upcoming EP. This summer pop song is full of West Coast vibes. The washy synths and shiny guitar chords give this song a real day-dreamy summer feel. The song was written about a trip lead singer Andy took to see his girlfriend in LA while she was on tour. The band wanted to capture that perfect California summer in this song – Venice Beach, sun and love.

“The Westside” was produced by Superheart, an artist that the band really liked. They reached out and began working on the production of this EP earlier in the year. LAWRN are a London-based alt-pop band formed in 2018 with singer Andrew, drummer Harm and guitarist Ollie. They released their debut EP, “Pretty Things”, last summer. The music is predominantly keyboard based as the project started with Andrew writing songs on a piano and a love of 80s pop quickly led to the sound they have now.

Andrew and Harm went to school together and started making music again when they moved to London. Their influences range from the huge pop bands like the 1975 to bluegrass piano tracks of Bruce Hornsby and the pop bands of the 80s. LAWRN have been lucky enough to play some high profile shows in their short time as a band. Their first ever show saw them support Belle Mt at St Pancras Old Church. They have since played at the O2 Academy Islington, Notting Hill Arts Club and St Pancras Old Church again supporting Superheart.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!