Singer Shane Lawlor doesn’t mind one bit that Electric Touch, his Austin, Texas-based rock band, isn’t like most of the acts from the self-proclaimed “live music capital of the world.”
“We definitely go against the grain, but that kind of turns me on,” Lawlor says in a thick British accent. “When we walk into a bar in Austin — or anywhere, really — people’s heads turn. We look a little bit different, we act a little bit different and we certainly play a little bit different. We really wear our hearts on our sleeves, and we think there’s nothing cooler than being the hardest-working rock band in the world.”
When it came time to work on their second album (and first for Island Records), the members of Electric Touch headed east to New York, where they hunkered down for six months.
“We went to the mattresses, so to speak,” Lawlor explains. “We would write songs and do demos, working with some amazing co-writers.”
Lawlor says their collaborators included Espionage, the New York-based Norwegian songwriting/production team that had a hand in writing Beyonce‘s “Irreplaceable” and Train‘s “Hey, Soul Sister.”
The band later went to Los Angeles to write some more, then recorded the album there with producer Howard Benson, whose credits include such acts as My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach and Seether.
“It’s all done and in the bag, ready to go. We’re just waiting for the right moment — I think summer is beckoning,” Lawlor says. “We’ve been playing a few new songs here and there right now because we’re really excited for everyone to hear it. It picks up where the first album left off — it’s just bigger, bolder and better.”
Electric Touch will be spotlighting a few new songs during its run of festivals this spring and summer.
“People come from all over for some of these festivals,” Lawlor says, “so it’s really an opportunity to show people from all over the world what you can do.
“We’re just hustling. We’re trying to gain new fans every day.”
— By Chris M. Junior
Electric Touch on tour (schedule subject to change):
* April 7: Moody Theater at ACL Live — Austin, Texas (with Heart)
* April 8: House of Rock — Corpus Christi, Texas
* April 9: Fitzgerald’s — Houston
* April 11: Mohawk — Austin, Texas
* April 14: Three Clubs — Los Angeles
* April 16: Coachella festival — Indio, Calif.
* April 22: Jake’s — Lubbock, Texas
* April 23: Dos Amigos — Odessa, Texas
* April 24: Emo’s — Austin, Texas
* April 29: City Hall — Austin, Texas
* April 29: Stafford Main St. — Houston
* April 30: Edgefest — Dallas
* May 1: Buzzfest — Houston
* May 14: Antone’s — Austin, Texas
* May 28: Rocklahoma — Pryor, Okla.
* June 3: House of Rock — Corpus Christi, Texas
* July 22: First Niagara Pavilion — Pittsburgh (Vans Warped Tour)
* July 23: Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, N.Y. (Vans Warped Tour)
* July 24: Monmouth Park — Oceanport, N.J. (Vans Warped Tour)
* July 26: Merriweather Post — Washington, D.C. (Vans Warped Tour)
* July 27: Verizon Amphitheater — Virginia Beach, Va. (Vans Warped Tour)
* July 28: Verizon Amphitheater — Charlotte, N.C. (Vans Warped Tour)
* July 29: Firestone Amphitheater — Orlando, Fla. (Vans Warped Tour)
* July 30: Cruzan Amphitheater — Miami (Vans Warped Tour)
* July 31: Vinoy Park — Tampa, Fla. (Vans Warped Tour)
* Aug 1: Lakewood Amphitheater — Atlanta (Vans Warped Tour)
* Aug 2: Riverband — Cincinnati (Vans Warped Tour)