The classic line-up of Razorlight have announced that they are reuniting after nearly a full decade apart.
Founding members Johnny Borrell, Björn Ågre, and Carl Dalemo, along with drummer Andy Burrows, who appeared on the band’s first three studio albums, announced the reunion on Twitter.
The Razorlight band largely folded after Burrows’ departure following the recording of the group’s third album Slipway Fires. Ågren and Dalemo followed roughly two years later, at which point Borrell began splitting his time between his solo career and a reconfigured Razorlight line-up. Borrell kept promising a new album from the band over the 2010s, but it took until 2018 to produce Olympus Sleeping, by which point a number of musicians had come and gone from the Razorlight lineup.
Ågren rejoined the fold in 2019, and now the full classic lineup will appear in what is being labelled as a “one off” live-streamed concert on June 2nd.
“I’m really enjoying reconnecting with Andy and Carl,” Borrell said. “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.”
“It feels incredible,” Burrows added “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.”
It’s unclear whether the reunion will extend past the one off live-streamed gig, but if the mid 2000s guitar rock renaissance is going to start somewhere, why shouldn’t it start with Razorlight?