Razorlight – ‘Name Me Junior’
London indie group Razorlight have returned after a protracted hiatus with an brisk new single, ‘Name Me Junior’. Hearken to the brand new observe beneath.
The brand new single, launched on Atlantic Tradition Data/Absolute, sees the return of the band’s full unique lineup of Johnny Borrell, Andy Burrows, Björn Ågren, and Carl Dalemo after ten years of silence.
Borrell, Ågren and Dalemo first fashioned the band in 2002, whereas Burrows joined two years later. Collectively, they launched three studio albums, 2004’s debut Up All Night time, 2006’s self-titled follow-up and 2008’s Slipway Fires.
The band are finest identified for his or her 2006 eponymous launch, which was dwelling to hits together with ‘America’, ‘In The Morning’ and ‘Earlier than I Fall To Items’.
They’ve returned with a brand new single, hinting that the long-awaited fifth album might be with us within the close to future. ‘Name Me Junior’ was produced by Borrell and was written throughout the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions on a Skype writing session between Borrell and Burrows.
The brand new observe comes will somewhat extra of a punk factor than a lot of the band’s earlier materials as a chugging guitar rhythm joins a pacey beat. When Borrell’s distinctive vocals and the lead sections bloom into the tune, recollections of the Razorlight we all know and love come flooding again however with a brand new twist.
Borrell mentioned of the tune: “I had dreamt one thing, and Andy despatched me a really tough voice notice. I fused the two concepts collectively and we sort of had a tune.”
He continued: “It’s a humorous factor rediscovering Razorlight; usually when writing, you end up pondering ‘this sounds kinda Bowie-ish or Stones-ish or Prince-ish and so forth – that’s cool let’s do this’, however with getting again into an previous writing partnership you begin going ‘Oh that sounds actually Razorlight-ish, cool let’s do this.’ It’s nice to be recording once more, nice to be producing and nice to have the band again collectively. It’s a novel sound these 4 individuals make.”
Burrows added: “I rang Johnny, performed some chords and a little bit of melody that I had, down the telephone, the subsequent day I walked into the studio, and he was sat on the piano taking part in this completed tune…as quickly as we performed it along with the band, it clicked.
“An instantaneous rocker, like an previous buddy. We wished to place one thing out ourselves, earlier than we play stay exhibits this summer time, and this appeared like the right match.”
Earlier this yr, the band revealed that they’d been engaged on their fifth studio album. “Greetings from 2022, right here we’re in Gloucestershire working exhausting on Razor album 5,” the band tweeted, captioning a pair of pictures taken exterior a studio.
Discussing the reunion final yr, Burrows mentioned: “It feels unbelievable. We’ve spent the previous week or two rehearsing. Taking part in these songs has been an absolute pleasure. The feelings that had been going by means of me once we began taking part in ‘America’, I forgot to play the primary half of the tune – it was completely nuts. It’s been wonderful. It’s so highly effective taking part in these previous tunes. It’s very very particular.”
Borrell added: “I’m actually having fun with reconnecting with Andy and Carl, it’s like attending to know individuals once more. I’m having fun with it since you by no means wish to lose buddies. It’s a horrible factor to suppose. It doesn’t actually make sense. It undoubtedly feels good to me on a private stage.
“On a artistic stage – wonderful. We’ve been within the studio rehearsing and recording. As quickly because the 4 of us are within the room, it simply sounds wonderful, immediately.”
Hearken to ‘Name Me Junior’ beneath.