Razorlight are back touring a new album for the first time in 10 years
They're back, or at least one formation of the band are
If you hadn't heard already, indie rock outfit Razorlight have returned with their first album in 10 years.
Titled Olympus Sleeping, it was preceded by four new singles: "Got to Let the Good Times Back into Your Life", "Japanrock", "Sorry?" and the title track "Olympus Sleeping".
Described by lead singer Johnny Borrell as "a love letter to rock and roll", the band’s long-awaited fourth album is their first since 2008’s Slipway Fires.
After a decade away, the frontman told NME that he was missing "the power and energy" of the band.
"I didn’t make a Razorlight record for a long time because any time that I make a record, I’ll only do it if I feel that I can really put my best into it," he said. "I never quit Razorlight, and I knew that I would do it again when I felt like it was inspiring and the right time.
"There’s a framework to Razorlight as a writer and as a band. I formed Razorlight because I would go and watch bands, then I just made the band that I wanted to see live. At the start, the framework was based on The Pixies‘ first album and Buzzcocks. It was like, 'Don’t waste time on any arrangement.'
"That was the case on our first record, pretty much our second, and we drifted a bit on our third record. On this record, I was really re-embracing that framework. It’s in that same language as early Razorlight."
Now on their fifth configuration, the band is currently made up of Johnny Borrell (vocals, guitars), David Sullivan Kaplan (drums), David Ellis (guitars) and Harry Deacon (bass).
Ready to embark on an extensive UK tour this coming December, the band will be playing fan favourites as well as songs from the new album.
Razorlight's upcoming UK tour dates are as follows:
Tuesday December 4th Glasgow The Old Fruitmarket
Wednesday December 5th Sheffield O2 Academy
Thursday December 6th Liverpool O2 Academy
Saturday December 8th Bristol SWX
Monday December 10th Birmingham The O2 Institute
Tuesday December 11th Brighton Concorde 2
Thursday December 13th Nottingham Rock City
Friday December 14th London O2 Forum Kentish Town
Sunday December 16th Manchester O2 Ritz
Monday December 17th Newcastle O2 Academy
Tuesday December 18th Leeds O2 Academy
Wednesday December 19th Cambridge The Junction