Frontman says group 'started as a really energetic, fun band' before turning into 'quality pop-rock'
Burrows joined the band as drummer in 2004 before leaving in 2009. He later performed with We Are Scientists and is currently working with Tom Odell on the singer-songwriter’s second album.
Speaking to Noisey for a new interview in which he discussed the rise and fall of 2000s indie music, Borrell said: “Razorlight started as a really energetic, fun band. We had a drum ‘n’ bass obsessed maniac named Christian [Smith-Pancorvo] on drums, and we played a lot of squat parties at 3am. But, being in the industry changes a band by definition.”
“After the first album, what were we meant to do – continue with some faux-idealisation of something gritty, aggressive and cool? I found that whole thing completely fucking bogus. Christian left, Andy [Burrows] joined, and we made what I still consider to be a really quality pop-rock album.”
“I think the second Razorlight album definitely opened the way for a flood of mediocrity in UK music,” Borrell added. “In my defence, though, people think of Razorlight as some kind of Johnny Borrell solo project, but it was always collaborative. I rate the drummer Andy Burrows. He was a great drummer with a melodic ear – but if you want to figure out who was taking Razorlight in which direction, then maybe have a listen to what we’re each doing now. I’m playing psychedelic blues-tango, and his stuff is so middle of the road it’s got more white lines than Liam Gallagher in 1997.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Borrell said that The Libertines “turned into a self-referential tabloid pantomime” and that The Ordinary Boys “contributed to landfill indie by devaluing music with the worst of celebrity bullshit”.