Butter Side Up Boy
Laurie Wright is nothing less than a force of nature possessing a raw and genuine talent that many can only dream of. Having graced the stages of the famous Glastonbury Festival aged just a mere 16, you can start to gauge the level of talent that he possesses.
Life hasn’t always been easy for Laurie though, with opportunities presented to him at such a young age they also brought with them a downside which culminated in his becoming addicted to Class A drugs and Alcohol. Things compounded and he found himself regularly facing homelessness between the ages of 19-28.
While the global pandemic and various lockdowns saw many struggling, it was during this time that Laurie really turned his life around. He cleaned up his act, and began to seriously focus once more on his music. Starting off with him winning The Libertines ‘Talented Fans’ Competition and being called the “next big thing” by Carl Barat. Liam Gallagher also proclaimed himself as a fan by tweeting “I’ve heard him, I like him.“
Other accomplishments for Laurie Wright also include having recorded music at the world famous Abbey Road Studios, playing festivals such as Lakefest and Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg as well as touring and supporting the likes of The Skinners Brothers and The Cribs and more recently Laurie and his band played a sold out gig at the world famous Koko in London supporting the legendary Rifles band. The band were so impressed by Laurie that they ended up inviting him on stage to perform with them as part of their set! Not too shabby for a lad who by day can be seen busking the streets in London huh!
With several releases under his belt already including the single releases of 2022 ‘West End Lover’ and ‘The Rockstar and The Fan’ (which received its worldwide exclusive first spin on Radio X by John Kennedy on his X-Posure show where he hailed the track and band as “very exciting”) This was followed up by the highly charged stadium sized banger of ‘Rock n Roll Ain’t Dead While Were Living’ and Laurie is now back with his first release of 2023, the thought provoking melodic anthem of ‘Butter Side Up Boy’.
‘Butter Side Up Boy’ musically is a very happy-go-lucky track with its 60’s inspired jangly guitars, harmonica and rhythmic drum beats. You can’t help but feel happy as this track takes you along on a wave of positivity. However, you then notice that the lyrics are anything but! This is a song with a message and with lyrics like “Im fearing what I’m feeling” and “my sanity is slipping” you realise you are being told a story, a story of despair yet mixed with a certain hope. The lyrics portray the truth of the situation while the music rallies to bring you back and raise you up once more. It’s a stroke of songwriting genius from the young Londoner, letting the listener into his mind, to a time when not everything was so great. It’s raw and honest and it’s bloody brilliant!
Laurie has said of the track
“‘Butter Side Up Boy’ was a nickname once given to me. Everything was fucked but I was always so lucky, I think because of my persistent positivity even in negative situations. You’ll only find a way out if you assume there is one, if you’re moping about you won’t find the escape route. The toast was always butter side up, but the toast was always, always on the floor. The lyrics are actually questioning that positive mental attitude. During lockdown I was finding it hard to see the upside. I talk about having my phone on do not disturb mode, and it being so sunny but all I see is rain.. ‘It seems butter side up boy has had his day’. Lockdown for me, was also the first time since going sober, where I’d been forced to sit with my thoughts with no escape route. As always though, I found the escape route.. through the ruthlessly positive upbeat sounding song. The lyrics are really a cry for help, and the upbeat music is the journey out of that hole.”
‘Butter Side Up Boy’ was recorded at Woods Lodge Studio in Essex and was Mixed by Mitch Ayling and Mastered by Jake Kavanagh.
In other exciting news, Laurie Wright is getting set for an album release in September called ‘Get On The End Of It’. The album is available to pre-order now and Laurie is inviting fans to be a part of it via crowdfunding with loads of fan perks available such as new merch, a chance to join the band in rehearsals, or join them in the studio, feature on the album and loads more!
For full details and pre-order info check out www.lauriewright.co.uk
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