Lawson the next U2 ?

Lawson admitted that they like to compare themselves to U2 because they are a "real band" who play their own instruments but make pop music.

When asked who they compare themselves to, the band's Joel Peat told BANG Showbiz: ''U2. They're a proper playing band playing pop music. Even though they're rocking out and stuff, it's still pop music at the end of the day.''

Lawson, which also includes Adam Pitts, Andy Brown and Ryan Fletcher, have supported a variety of acts including The Wanted and Bruce Springsteen, and are now confident in their ability to work a crowd.

Adam added: "We're a band. We can rock out even though we play quite poppy music, but when we do a live show, it's a rock show.''

Lawson were originally called The Grove, but changed their name in honour of Doctor Lawson, the man who treated Andy, 25, after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was just 19 years old.

Andy explained he still suffers as a result, adding: ''I'm deaf in one ear. The only really worry is that I really have to protect my good ear 'cause if I damage that then I'll be deaf by the time I'm 40.''

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