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Leeds 2005: Razorlight

13 September 2005

Drummer Andy Burrows follows his main stage set by saying that's it for the first album, and reveals what we can expect to hear on what should be another fantastic record from the Razorlight boys..

Virtual Festivals: So how are you doing, Andy?
Andy Burrows: Iím doing cool, doing well. Itís just been an amazing weekend. Really amazing weekend. Itís weird, itís kind of an end of an era, which I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but it is. Weíve got tomorrow in Edinburgh, a couple of bits and bobs, a gig in Dublin, but for England thatís kind of it for this album, which is really kind of sad, but cool. We did the full run of English festivals last year, and the year before that we did them, so this is our third year. And hopefully weíll do them again next year. It would be good to get a good four-year run.

Whoíve you caught this weekend?
Kings of Leon like this, listening backstage both nights, Foo Fighters last night, I havenít really caught that many bands. Yesterday we were doing press all day and today I went out and saw Editors and they were great, really cool. But I havenít checked out as much as I would have liked to, but time just sort of passes you by, and then youíre suddenly onstage. Iím definitely gonna watch the Foos tonight though.

What was your favourite festival this summer?
I mean, the Reading and Leeds weekend has been amazing, because the lineupís been amazing. Iíve made some nice friends this weekend. I donít know, I canít make up my mind, we did T in the Park and it was amazing, and Glastonbury obviously, because we were headlining the Other stage, and that was obviously a dream come true times a billion, and then this is just brilliant. So I honestly canít make up my mind now, this summerís just been really good. Last summer I can definitely say that T in the Park was the most exciting, but this year theyíve all just been brilliant.

How did it feel to be up against Coldplay at Glastonbury?
It didnít really feel like we were up against them. I mean obviously it was on our minds, but I think it was kind of cool, you know, one of the worldís biggest bands on the Pyramid Stage, and a new British band headlining the Other stage, I think it was a good choice and I think it shows healthy times for music, you know what I mean? And I think obviously Coldplay had an amazing evening and a ginormous crowd, but we also enjoyed a pretty good crowd and had an amazing night, soÖ

What are your plans once youíve finished your English gigs?
Well, weíve got a couple of things left to do, like this Thorpe Park T4 thing, and then weíre going to finish the whole thing off in September/October, with two nights. And that will be the end of Up All Night, even though we said we were going to finish Up All Night in Alexandra Palace in March itís kind of dragged on a bit. And weíve already got ourselves a place in London where weíre rehearsing the new album, so hopefully weíll have it recorded by the end of the year and have it out and ready to go by March. That would be ideal.

So have you got the whole of the new album written, then?
No, no, no, thereís loads of stuff written, loads of bits and bobs, itís just a case right now of putting stuff together. Weíre working on a few songs at the moment which are finally weíve got to the stage where itís like ĎWow, these could be contendersí. Still early days though.

Any indication of what this albumís gonna sound like?
I think thatís the exciting thing about it is that we donít have any idea, it will still sound like Razorlight, because obviously it is the same band, but I think it will be different to Up All Night, because obviously I wasnít in the band when they did that, so itís a different band, I suppose from that point of view, but also what weíve done in the last couple of years will have influence on this album and, you know, I think itís gonna be great. I know that sounds crap, but I think it will.

Did you expect things to escalate as much as they have?
No. I mean, the whole thing to me has been insane. The past year and a half has been unbelievable.

Whatís been the best things about the last year and a half? Whatís been your ultimate highlight?
The fact that this year and a half has happened, honestly. For like seven years before that I was in bands and stuff trying to get a record deal, trying to get noticed or heard or whatever, so I donít think I can say a highlight. I mean things like Glastonbury and Live8 are obviously right up there, but the whole thing has just been phenomenal. I mean, last year seems so long ago, weíve done several American tours, itís just been amazing, I couldnít possibly put one thing down apart from just saying just being in this band, you know?

Anything else youíd like to add?
All I really want is for us to now bugger off and come back with a stunning album, thatís really what I want now. And this just feels like a really good closing to it.

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Article by: Laura Foster

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