Indie-rock legends Razorlight have announced the end of their 10-year hiatus with brand new album Olympus Sleeping and a UK tour to match. Announcing their return, frontman Johnny Borrell said “We’ve been away for a long time and wanted to give more to the fans than just one single. I’m really excited about the album and really excited about doing Razorlight again.”
The original four-piece formed in London in 2002, smashing onto the scene with their 5x Platinum-certified self-titled album which included infectious singles ‘America’, ‘Before I Fall To Pieces’ and ‘In The Morning’. They went on to support the likes of Queen, Oasis and The Rolling Stones while taking over the UK festival circuit.
Despite drifting apart in the lead up to their hiatus, they’ve rekindled their sound through their fourth album which is due in just two days. Lead singles ‘Olympus Sleeping’, ‘Got To Let The Good Times Back Into Your Life’, ‘Japanrock’, ‘Carry Yourself’ and ‘Sorry?’ have all been met with a positive reception as they perfectly showcase the band’s melodic nous, fizzing backbeat and frenetic energy. Indie Is Not A Genre commented “Listening to these new songs feels like the return of an old friend. Their melodic guitars and Borrell’s youthful vocals makes you feel like its’s still 2008 and the band was never gone in the first place.” while The Guardian said they’re glad they waited for their return.
Album opener ‘Got To Let The Good Times Back In To Your Life’ thunders in to view with pounding drums and frantic guitar lines, while the title track is classic Razorlight, bursting in to life as infectious guitars collide with pulsating drums and an irresistible bass line. ‘Japanrock’ is another incendiary, raucous slice of three minute indie-pop, with ‘Sorry?’ finding the band at their instantly catchy, melodic best, with chiming guitars and harmonic backing vocals.
This December they will perform these hit tracks (along with others from Olympus Sleeping and notorious indie discography) across the UK, stopping off in Sheffield, Liverpool, Nottingham, Manchester and Newcastle.