With excitement building towards the March 10th U.S. release of their third album, SLIPWAY FIRES – featuring the Top 5 UK single “Wire To Wire” – London-based Razorlight will return to the states for two weeks of tour dates and promotions next month. The tour will open in Boston on Monday, March 9th (at Middle East), then on to New York the next night for the official album release celebration at Hiro Ballroom March 10th. March 11th, Razorlight will perform on The Late Show with David Letterman.
After shows in Philadelphia, Chicago, Nashville, and Atlanta, Razorlight will return to the SXSW (South By Southwest) Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas – where they were discovered five years ago in 2004. In addition to a night time gig at Stubb’s opening for PJ Harvey, Razorlight will perform at one of Filter magazine’s “Revenge Of Cedar Street” daytime showcases at the Cedar Street Courtyard on 4th Street in Austin (sponsored by Santa Monica’s KCRW radio), open to all badge holders. (Please see complete itinerary below.)
Razorlight’s U.S. television premiere of “Wire To Wire” took place on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly Friday, February 6th. The video for “Wire To Wire” – directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Stephen Frears (The Queen, The Grifters, High Fidelity) – was recently added to mtvU. The full-length audio version of “Wire To Wire” can heard on the band’s MySpace site, www.myspace.com/razorlight, which also features one-minute excerpts of four new album tracks: “Hostage of Love,” “North London Trash,” “Burberry Blue Eyes,” and “Tabloid Lover.”
Razorlight – principal songwriter and mastermind, front-man and lead singer/guitarist Johnny Borrell, guitarist/vocalist Björn Ågnen, bassist Carl Dalemo, and drummer Andy Burrows – have been charming UK fans for nearly five years, since the summer 2004 release of their debut album, Up All Night, on the Universal International imprint. After working the club scene, they soon found themselves playing large scale venues around the UK and Europe as guests of Queen (with Paul Rodgers), Oasis, Richard Ashcroft, and the Rolling Stones.
Two years later in the summer 2006, their self-titled album Razorlight rose to #3 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. The album spun off three hit singles on the Continent: “In The Morning” (#3 UK), “Before I Fall To Pieces” (Top 20), and “America,” which went to #1 in the physical and digital marketplace. The following year (2007) closed out with two BRIT Awards nominations for Razorlight, for Best British Band and Best Song (“America”). The pace continued at the annual NME Awards, with Razorlight receiving nominations for Best Band and Best Album. At the same time, Johnny Borrell has become the subject of increasing media scrutiny in England. In 2007, he graced the cover of British GQ’s 10th Annual Men of The Year issue, alongside Lewis Hamilton, Orlando Bloom, Sir Michael Caine and Gordon Ramsay. The band has appeared on the covers of British Vogue, NME, and Q magazines.
RAZORLIGHT ON TOUR
Mar. 9 Boston, MA Middle East
10 New York, NY Hiro Ballroom (album release)
12 Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar
14 Chicago, IL Double Door
16 Nashville, TN 12th and Porter
17 Atlanta, GA The Loft
19 Austin, TX SXSW
20 Austin, TX SXSW – Filter Magazine
21 Austin, TX SXSW Official Show @ Stubb’s
24 San Francisco, CA The Independent