Razorlight have been put on hold, with Johnny Borrell embarking on a new project.
One of the most spectacular success stories (in a commercial sense, at least) to hit British guitar music in the past decade, Razorlight have been caught in a downward spiral of late.
Gigs have been few and far between, with the band seemingly caught in a perennial sense of ennui. Now Johnny Borrell has signalled that he intends to put the band on hold in order to embark on a new project.
In an interview on the French radio station Oui FM he said: "Razorlight are going to play The Olympia in Paris on April 3rd and after that its Johnny Borrell, for the moment, and that’s Freddy who plays in Razorlight, and Joao who comes from Brazil, who we met playing his saxophone in the street, and its Darren who plays keyboards. We had gone to the South Of France to a small house in the Pays Basque last year and the music just came very naturally. It's an album that was born in the spirit of a party, and the arrangements for the songs come from that atmosphere. When music works its like love, you can't force it and thats what happened with this. I'm so happy that it's come about this way, I'm just very removed from all the commerciality and the circus of rock'n'roll and I'm really happy that this record has come about in this way and happy to have made the record."
Johnny Borrell is already gearing up for a solo release. Recorded onto a primitive four track, 'Dahlia Allegro' and 'Pan - European Supermodel Song' will be pressed on limited edition seven inch vinyl. Released on April 8th, the single will also be available from a Rough Trade East in-store on April 5th.
According to the information we've been sent, news of a Johnny Borrell solo album is forthcoming. More on this when we have it.