Johnny Borrell: ‘Razorlight feels like a new band’

The group bring Camden Crawl to a close

Johnny Borrell said Razorlight feels like ‘a new band’ as the group closed Camden Crawl 2011 with its new line-up last night (May 1).

They played the aftershow party at the Electric Ballroom, bringing the weekend of music – which saw sets from the likes of The View and Miles Kane – to an end.

Razorlight’s set included new songs ‘Vertical Woman’ and ‘If It Bleeds’, as well as singles ‘In The Morning’ and ‘Golden Touch’.

Johnny Borrell told NME how he felt about Razorlight’s return: “It feels like a new band, it reminds me of starting out but with three or four albums of material which is fun.”

“It’s great because you can use your back catalogue, you’ll play a show and realise you haven’t performed ‘Golden Touch’ yet and you can use it,” the singer added. “It feels really good.”

After a personnel shake-up early this year, Gus Robertson is Razorlight’s new guitarist while Freddie Stitz is playing bass and Andy Burrows’ replacement since 2009, David Sullivan Kaplan, continues on drums. The band are launching their comeback this festival season with gigs at Get Loaded In The Park and Guilfest.

Johnny called the current band members “a really good bunch of guys”, explaining, “It’s the first time I’ve ever experienced that. We enjoy having a laugh.”

Razorlight played:

‘Rip It Up’
‘In The Morning’
‘Vertical Woman’
‘Don’t Go Back To Dalston’
‘Keep The Right Profile’
‘If It Bleeds’
‘Up All Night’
‘In The City’
‘Back To The Start’
‘Golden Touch’
‘Fall To Pieces’
‘Somewhere Else’
‘Never Met A Girl Like You’
‘Human Fly’

Elsewhere on the opening day of Camden Crawl 2011, Ghostpoet was joined onstage at Proud Galleries by Rox for his mid-afternoon set which saw him performing tracks from his album ‘Peanut Butter Blues And Melancholy Jam’.

Meanwhile, at the HMV Forum in Kentish Town, Guillemots played a career-spanning set, with Fyfe Dangerfield treating fans to tracks from all three of the band’s albums.