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Razorlight - Old Fruitmarket - 04/12/18



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2018 has been a year of revitalisation for Johnny Borrell. After the initial disbandment of Razorlight following their much-maligned third record ‘Slipway Fires’, the frontman went through numerous solo projects, all of which faded with little more than a whimper. When Razorlight eventually properly reformed last year, with the frontman being the only original member, it stank of another faded indie artist trying to cash in on former glories.

The initial release of new material was met with scepticism and snobbery, before later turning out that it was (whisper it) actually quite good. Borrell seemed to have ditched the messiah complex which had hindered his public persona, and got back to basics. The record which followed, ‘Olympus Sleeping’, was a return to the classic indie rock of their debut and met with critical acclaim. This evening’s show in Glasgow is the first date of a long-since sold-out UK tour, continuing the gradual unexpected rebirth of an indie legend.

Coming onstage bang on 9.30pm on an icy-cold Glaswegian evening, the band waste little time in getting the packed out crowd warmed-up with a frenetic double whammy of ‘Rip It Up’ and ‘In The Morning’, which provoke the first singalong of the evening. After having the audacity to air early b-side ‘Keep The Right Profile’ (and drag it out for as long as humanly possible), Borrell and co unleash ‘Golden Touch’, which invokes mass hysteria. As the band halt to let their Glaswegian faithful sing the chorus acapella, the noise is deafening as they roar back every word.

Razorlight do take the opportunity to air a number of songs from new record ‘Olympus Sleeping’, and unsurprisingly, the most well-received is the frenetic ‘


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