KEXP Live in Austin during SXSW, Day 3: Razorlight

photos by Jim Bennett

Anglo-Swedish band Razorlight had humble beginnings opening for The Libertines at various small British venues. After releasing their first recording in 2002 and getting a lot of radio play, Razorlight were signed by Mercury Records.

The band became very popular in London, their album having been heavily marketed in the UK, and started playing larger venues and supporting much bigger bands, such as Oasis, Queen and The Rolling Stones. They also began dabbling in some charity work, playing at the 2005 Live 8 Concert Series and recording a track for the War Child release Help: A Day In The Life. They also played a couple of concerts in the 2007 Live Earth series.

Razorlight’s 2008 release Slipaway Fires was released to generally lukewarm reviews (one publication calling them “about as indie as Margaret Thatcher”), but some were positive—Q said about the album “Slipaway Fires deserves more of your time, and duly rewards it”. The album itself has done very well, peaking at #5 on the UK singles chart.

Razorlight has been nominated for several awards, including two BRIT awards and two NME awards. Their longtime drummer, Andy Burrows, left the band earlier this year, but Razorlight will continue to tour this year in the U.S., Europe, Australia and the UK, including several festivals.

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