Keane Postponement Casts Cloud Over Razorlight

U.K. rock outfit Razorlight has returned to U.S. shores with its self-titled sophomore effort, though its stay may be brief.

U.K. rock outfit Razorlight has returned to U.S. shores with its self-titled sophomore effort, though its stay may be brief. Originally intending to tour the U.S. with Keane, the band has cut those plans short after Keane postponed the dates in order for singer Tom Chaplin to undergo drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

"So there's that. Plus, somebody lost my guitar at the airport today. It's the only one in the world like it. So as you can tell," Razorlight frontman Johnny Borell tells Billboard.com with a laugh, "there's a few things still up in the air."

"Razorlight" was released yesterday (Aug. 22) via Universal Motown and features what Borell describes as "10 singles. A struggle for us is trying to convince people that we're not just a band that sounds like a lot of other bands. We want to sound distinctively Razorlight," he notes. "We also didn't want to make the exact same record again with a different distortion pedal."

Compared to the quartet's 2004 debut "Up All Night," Borell considers "Razorlight" to be a significantly more "confident, positive and defiant" record, with a focus on strong songs. "'Up All Night' was a great debut for us, it's what we needed to do," he says. "But it was four proper songs, then a whole lot of thrashing about."

As for touring in support of the release, the group has a handful of dates in Japan and the U.K. scheduled for the fall. And while they had originally scheduled performances independent of Keane this week and next in New York and Los Angeles, Razorlight is likely to cancel those shows.

Aside from promoting the new album, Borell was also recently invited into the studio by Ray Davies as a backing vocalist for a re-recording of the Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon."

"I get there, and quickly discover that Elvis Costello was invited as well," Borell says. "I don't know if he's going to do anything with [the track], but at least I was able to meet two more of my English music heroes."