After captivating British fans for more than four years, London-based Razorlight – fronted by lead singer/guitarist Johnny Borrell – now turns its attention to the U.S. as the newest addition to the Mercury Records roster in America. Razorlight’s third album, SLIPWAY FIRES, released November in the UK on Universal’s Vertigo label, will be issued in the U.S. on Mercury in March 2009, coinciding with a major North American tour schedule. First single “Wire To Wire,” has already reached Top 5 on the UK national chart.
The track list for SLIPWAY FIRES comprises: 1. Wire to Wire * 2. Hostage of Love * 3. You and the Rest * 4. Tabloid Lover * 5. North London Trash * 6. 60 Thompson * 7. Stinger * 8. Burberry Blue Eyes * 9. Blood for Wild Blood * 10. Monster Boots * 11. The House. One minute excerpts of five album tracks can be heard on www.myspace.com/razorlight, the band’s MySpace site which has logged more than 4.3 million total plays and 2.7 million profile. www.razorlight.co.uk/ is the band’s official website and source for news, photographs, tour info, audio and video streams
Since their formation in 2002 – and the UK release of their debut album in the summer 2004, Up All Night, on the Universal International imprint, Razorlight have become one of the biggest UK bands, selling over 3 million albums. Discovered in the clubs, they soon found themselves playing large scale venues around the UK and Europe as guests of such headliners as U2, The Who, Queen (with Paul Rodgers), Oasis, Richard Ashcroft, and the Rolling Stones. Their reputation as an amazing live band soon had them playing arena tours and headlining festivals, including the main band slot at Reading Festival 2007 alongside on successive days The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Smashing Pumpkins.
At the same time, Johnny Borrell has become the subject of increasing media scrutiny in England. In 2007, he graced the cover of British GQ’s 10th Annual Men of The Year issue, alongside Lewis Hamilton, Orlando Bloom, Sir Michael Caine and Gordon Ramsay and appeared on the cover of British Vogue, one of the few male stars to have done so. The band were also regulars on the cover of the NME and have twice been featured as the cover artist for Q Magazine.
Razorlight – songwriter/lead singer and guitarist Johnny Borrell, guitarist/vocalist Björn Ågren, bassist Carl Dalemo, and drummer Andy Burrows – made a first impression on American audiences in 2004, with a well-received premiere at South By Southwest (SXSW). Two years later in the summer 2006, their self-titled album Razorlight rose to #3 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. The album spun off three hit singles on the Continent: “In The Morning” (#3 UK), “Before I Fall To Pieces” (Top 20), and “America,” which went to #1 in the physical and digital marketplace.
The following year (2007) closed out with two nominations for Razorlight at the annual BRIT Awards, for Best British Band and Best Song (“America”). The pace continued at the annual NME Awards, with Razorlight receiving nominations for Best Band and Best Album (Razorlight). Q Magazine described the band’s new album as “a triumph”.
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