Johnny Borrell debuts new band Zazoo! in London

Razorlight frontman joined by saxophonist at London’s St Mortiz club

Johnny Borrell played his first show with his new band Zazoo! last night (November 8), with an intimate performance at London’s St Mortiz club.

Launching their forthcoming European tour in the basement club, the band took to the stage at just after midnight and were introduced the night’s promoter as having come “all the way from France” for the gig.

Joined by a saxophonist, stand-up drummer and keyboardist – all of whom were wearing sunglasses on stage – Borrell led the band through an eight song set. Moving away from the sounds associated with Borrell’s other band Razorlight, Zazoo!’s performance took in lounge pop and blues ballads before finishing with two ska influenced tracks.

It is currently unclear what Zazoo!’s existence means for Razorlight, who were thought to be working on their fourth album and headlined three festivals this summer including Nottingham’s Splendour Festival and Bingley Music Live.

Razorlight’s last album ‘Slipway Fires’ was released in 2008 and featured the singles ‘Wire to Wire’ and ‘Hostage of Love’. The current line up of the band is filled out by drummer David ‘Skully’ Sullivan Kaplan, bass player Freddie Stitz and lead guitarist Gus Robertson. after drummer Andy Burrows quit to go solo whilst guitarist Bjorn Agren is currently part of Lucy Rose’s live band.