Razorlight Soldiers On With U.S. Shows
Conquering America, making a third album and maybe becoming a movie star are among the items at the top of Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell's list these days.Conquering America, making a third album and maybe becoming a movie star are among the items at the top of Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell's list these days.
The British group crosses the pond next week for a seven-city swing through North America that begins Nov. 7 in Cambridge, Mass., a long-awaited visit delayed after an unrealized opening spot on Keane's canceled 2006 tour.
"We love coming over there and we love playing there," Borrell tells Billboard.com. "My feeling's always been that if people in America can get to hear the music of Razorlight, they'll fall in love with it -- just like people have around the rest of the world."
Razorlight's self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart last year. But it only reached No. 180 on The Billboard 200, one of the reasons Borrell says the band plans to leave Mercury Records for its next release.
"Their attitude is, 'Well, it's done well everywhere else, forget about the States," Borrell says. "I've had to fight with them to even allow me to come out to America."
Borrell says the quartet plans on "breaking in" some of its new material during the North American shows and hopes to hit the studio not long after its last gig of the year, at Nelson Mandela's 46664 AIDS Awareness Concert on Dec. 1 in Johannesburg, South Africa. "We're gonna just take a little break and get in and start rehearsing in January and see how it goes," he says.
Borrell is also doing some outside production work under a pseudonym -- "It's a lot of pressure on a band that's starting out to have a big name producing it," he explains -- and is preparing to make his film debut in "The Meat Trade," a British drama starring Colin Firth and Robert Carlyle.
"I play the boyfriend of the leading lady, who I'm not sure they've actually cast or not," Borrell says. "We're filming around Christmas time, or just after. I expect it will be quite fun."