May 5 2010 Harrow Observer
TAMMY HUGHES investigates the cutting subject of the rock group gone missing
KEEN Razorlight fans might have noticed that the English-Swedish indie rock band have disappeared off the radar recently. Despite performing at all the major European festivals last year, this year the band - who were made famous by their hits America and Up All Night - will be performing just one English gig, at Sandown Racecourse in Esher on July 21.
Lead guitarist Bjorn Agren says: "We are writing our third album and we hope to release early next year. Last year was a bit turbulent - our drummer left and we just took some time out.
"We are only doing one English gig this summer. We just thought if you want to come back with a bang you have to go away for a while. We did all of the festivals last year. If we went back this year with no new songs it would be pretty boring, for us and the fans. They were great though. My favourite was a festival in Belgium called Pukkelpop. It was great weather and there was just loads of good bands there - I'd really recommend it."
Following the controversial split of drummer Andy Burrows from the band in March last year, when the group were preparing to crack the US, a new drummer has now been found, in the form of David Sullivan-Kaplan.
Band members Johnny Borrell, Carl Dalemo, David and Bjorn are now back in London working on their album and enjoying the slow lane.
Bjorn says: "The new album is going to be recognisably Razorlight but with a change of flavour."
Bjorn has been with the band since the start in 2002. He was born in 1979 in Sweden, where he first met Carl Dalemo, the band's bassist.
Bjorn joined Razorlight after replying to this ad in NME: 'Guitarist wanted. No pentatonics'. He said: "Growing up, music was the only thing that made total sense. I would just pick up a guitar and never think about it; I could just play. Pete Townshend was always a great influence on my music.
"Now we're back in London for a bit, we can kind of do our own thing. I did a gig with Lucey Rose the other night, who is an unsigned artist. It was really good. She is definitely good enough to be the next big thing; whether she makes it or not remains to be seen."
Bjorn will not be engaging in the general election today because he is not a British citizen.
"If I could vote, I would vote for the Lib Dems. We've been going backwards and forwards between Labour and the Conservatives for so long. I think we need a change of scene, which should give the other two parties a kick up the backside."