Razorlight's new drummer David Kaplan on the band's headline slot at Haddow fest
The band are to play the Edinburgh music festival ahead of slots at larger events this summer
Razorlight are a band with a chequered history. Undeniably, they’ve been a big success in their day: three top five albums and five top ten singles since 2004 testify to that, including the undeniably hook-laden likes of ‘America’ and ‘Somewhere Else’. Yet their lead singer, Johnny Borrell, Camdenite scenester and tabloid cannon fodder par excellence, was always a villain-in-waiting, not least for annoying and unwanted statements – like the time he proclaimed himself a genius. So now his band are back with no original members in tow, we can’t wait to see him fail. Right?
Maybe not, if Razorlight’s new drummer, David ‘Skully’ Kaplan, is anything to go by. Drafted into the band as a temporary replacement in 2009, the now permanently engaged New Yorker is friendly, cheerful and blessed with the puppy dog enthusiasm you might expect from a guy who’s joined a band that was playing stadiums not so long ago. ‘We’re havin’ a blast, man, we’ve been partying like crazy,’ he says. ‘Johnny’s good, the music’s happening for him, he’s in a band with people he wants to be with – everything’s going great.’
Low-key shows like this, if the HMV Picture House can be described as such, are a prelude to bigger festival sets in the summer. ‘We’ve been working on new songs, too,’ says Skully. ‘We have about 22 we’re recording just now, and then we should have a new album out later in the year.’ For his sake, we hope bygones are bygones.
Razorlight will be headlining at Haddow fest, which takes place at various venues around Edinburgh on Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 April.