Following a first interview with Chris Evans this morning, British pioneering indie rock band Razorlight announced the reunion of their classic line-up after a 10-year hiatus. The news came alongside the announcement of the band’s forthcoming ticketed live concert, airing as a streamed one-off TV performance on June 2nd. Purchase tickets here
The re-union will see members of their classic line-up: Johnny Borrell, Andy Burrows, Björn Ågren, and Carl Dalemo and will mark the first time the band have played live together in 10 years.
Speaking on the reunion, Andy Burrows said “It feels incredible. We’ve spent the past week or two rehearsing. Playing these songs has been an absolute joy. The emotions that were going through me when we started playing ‘America’, I forgot to play the first half of the song – it was totally nuts. It’s been amazing., It’s so powerful playing these old tunes. It’s very very special”.
Johnny adds “I’m really enjoying reconnecting with Andy and Carl, it’s like getting to know people again. I’m enjoying it because you never want to lose friends. It’s a horrible thing to think. It doesn’t really make sense. It definitely feels good to me on a personal level. On a creative level – amazing. We’ve been in the studio rehearsing and recording. As soon as the four of us are in the room, it just sounds amazing, straight away”
Since forming the band in 2002, Razorlight have achieved worldwide success and have cemented their place as one of Britain’s Classic Indie-Rock bands. Their vertiginous rise saw them tour their way from squat parties in London’s East End to the 2005 global TV charity event Live 8, where they established themselves at the urchin rock’n’roll challengers most likely to go stadium.
Razorlight was formed by lead singer and guitarist, Johnny Borrell in East London, 2002. Joining him as founding members were Björn Ågren, Carl Dalemo, and Andy Burrows who took over drums in 2004. The band soon found success with the release of their debut album ‘Up All Night’ in 2004 which peaked at number 3 in the UK Album’s chart, as well as receiving glowing reviews from music tastemakers NME, Q Magazine and Billboard. By the mid 2000s they were at the epicentre of the UK’s gangly guitar band re-surgence channelling the leftfield influences of Television, Patti Smith and the Velvet Underground into the pop mainstream, and in fractious alliance with The Libertines and Amy Winehouse, taking the Camden waster rock scene into the tabloids.