Razorlight - Biography
are an Anglo-Swedish band formed in
during the summer of 2002 around 22 year old singer/writer
lineup is as follows:
Johnny Borrell - vocals, guitar
Björn Ågren - guitar
Carl Dalemo - bass
Andy Burrows - drums (since 2004)
Christian (Smith) Pancorvo - drums (2003-2004)
debut album, Up All Night, was released on June 28
2004, reaching number 3 in the UK album charts on 4 July.
The critical reception was generally good, receiving good
reviews from NME, Q magazine and Billboard,
although they were also accused of lack of imagination and
unoriginality for allegedly borrowing ideas from other
influential bands, notably The Strokes. They appear to
polarize opinion. NME wrote that the album: "bristles
with passion, energy and, most importantly, amazing songs",
while they were described elsewhere as "nearly everything
wrong with rock and roll today". Their fans, though, embrace
the music for its simple melodies and multi-layered,
Frontman Johnny Borrell caused some controversy and surprise
when he likened himself to musical legend
quipping "If Dylan's making the chips then I'm drinking the
champagne". This led to suggestions of self-promotion. This
statement was taken out of context however as Borrell was
comparing his and Dylan's first albums, not their overall
career. The band became very popular on the London music
scene when they arrived earlier in the year. Large demand
caused the band to play extra shows, including a 7,000+
capacity gig at Alexandra Palace. The album was heavily
marketed in the
Up All Night is now recognized as one of the pre-eminent
albums of 2004.
band's 2004 release, Up All Night, Johnny Borrell
recorded his phone number into the track called "Vice". The
number is (supposedly) 07761010233
was re-issued in April 2005, including previously unreleased
single "Somewhere Else", which peaked at Number 2. It was
their biggest hit single to date.
2005, the band performed at Hyde Park, London, as part of
the Live 8 series of concerts. However, the band came under
fire for not donating their extra revenue to charity.
Razorlight claim that due to their "fledgling status",
they're unable to make such a commitment.
Razorlight supported [[Queen + Paul Rodgers]] on Friday 15th
July 2005, in front of 60,000 of a crowd. This gig had been
rescheduled following the July 2005 London bombings.
also appear as themselves in series 2 of The Mighty Boosh,
in the episode 'The Priest and The Beast'.
Oasis in December 2005, at
Millennium Stadium. The band also supported
in his homecomeing gig at the Lancashire County Cricket Club
on June 17, 2006.
April 3rd 2006, they streamed a new song from their new
album on their website, from around 1800 BST to 1900 BST.
According to NME.COM, it was called "Pop Song 2006".
According to an interview with Planet Sound, this was only a
working title and was a tribute to R.E.M.'s Pop Song '89.
The band planned on calling it "Small Town Heroes", but
never told the production people.
band appeared in front of Brighton's West Pier on the 12
July 2006 in a free concert as part of a Vodafone TBA event
to be broadcast on Channel 4. Razorlight's released their
eponymous second album on July 17 2006. It was preceded by
single "In The Morning" on July 3rd. The album was welcomed
with critical acclaim, getting strong reviews. Q
lavished praise on the album stating "There are many things
to cherish about this record... its length, sound,
simplicity, sheer brass balls and its songs... And if making
the best guitar album since Definitely Maybe is
what's required, then job done. 5/5", whilst NME gave
it 8/10 and The Times, The Independent &
Guardian all gave the album 4/5, sparking a strong
return for the band. However, there were disagreeing voices,
most notably in The Sunday Times review on the 16
July, which gave it 1/5 and called it a 'painful' listen.
Not that it did the album any harm, it went straight to #1
in the UK. The future single, "America", promises to be a
defining point for Razorlight.
band have also been repeatedly accused of stealing ideas
from British Sea Power. Razorlight have placed plastic trees
on the stage, and British Sea Power frequently adorn the
stage with foliage. Borrell's clothing also repeatedly bears
a striking resemblance to that of British Sea Power frontman
has also had arguments with other bands most notably new
indie favourites The Kooks branding their music 'shit' and
the lead singer 'boring'. He said "He models his style on
me. And that record is the most horrible thing I've ever
heard. It sounds like the band are literally rolling over,
sticking their arse in the air and begging Radio 1 to fuck
them. I heard their single on the radio the other day and it
sounds like fucking Avril Lavigne! If he can live with
himself after that production, and if he feels like he has
to slag people off to keep up, then I'm sure his nights are
long and those moments of doubt are really painful. So fuck
The Kooks. Fuck 'em!"
Kooks Lead singer Luke Pritchard retorted, dedicating their
recent success single Naïve
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