Pop preview: Razorlight, London

Mencap's Little Noise Sessions (acoustic show), Union Chapel, N1, Sun 9; Exeter University, Mon 10; Carling Academy Bristol, Tue 11; Brixton Academy, SW9, Thu 13; Guildhall, Portsmouth, Fri 14

It's surely no coincidence that the video for Razorlight's new single, Wire To Wire, finds frontman Johnny Borrell holding matches in the air while he sings. If there was ever an appropriate expression for where he and his band are right now, it's that: having come up as part of the urchin rock crowd of 2003, Razorlight's ambition has grown roughly in line with Borrell's hair and ego to achieve the volume it's been at for a while now, which is to say stadium size. Duly, the group's new album, Slipway Fires, finds them making lighters-in-the-air rock music, albeit of a fairly interesting kind. In the light of, say, Snow Patrol's effortless consolidation of their position, and a slight tweaking of formula from the likes of Keane, the fact that this is a highly popular band making a single with no chorus is, in its way, a small revolution.


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