Review: Jack Foley
ANOTHER of the emerging bands to appear at the Live 8 Festival
was Razorlight, yet lead singer, Johnny Borrell, showed no sign
of being over-awed by the occasion as he urged: "If
we can make enough noise, we can make them listen, so make sure
you make a lot of fucking noise alright?"
The band then proceeded to do just that as they blasted their
way through an invigorating three-song set that capably justified
their emerging reputation.
Following Snoop Dogg cannot have been easy but Borland displayed
a swagger and some dance moves reminiscent of a young Mick Jagger
as he belted through the band's numbers.
He even went bare-chested (again recalling memories of Jagger's
on-stage antics) such was the confidence he seemed to exude throughout.
Their first song was a bit of a head-scratcher,
however. Somewhere Else, their most recent hit, seemed
to send out a mixed sentiment - although the people of Africa
probably wish they could be somewhere else than suffering from
famine every day.
They made their biggest impression, however, with a lively version
of Golden Touch - one of the best tracks to come from
their brilliant debut album.
Yet like Keane before them, they confidently made the transition
from small gigs to the world's stage and will have done their
emerging reputation no harm at all.
Borland rounded off the set by once again urging people to make
enough noise to ensure that the world's leaders cannot turn a
deaf ear come their G8 meeting in Edinburgh on Wednesday.
Live 8 London:
U2's set reviewed
Coldplay at Live 8: Live
at Live 8: Review
REM's set reviewed
Snoop Dogg reviewed
Madonna ensures her Music
makes people come together
Pink Floyd reunion reviewed
Live 8: Overview (the day in review)