BAND NEWS: Razorbats confirm new line-up Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:04

After a few turbulent months with a failed attempt to record a new album, disagreements and major changes in personnel, Norwegian punk upstarts Razorbats are back with a new line-up.


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Razorbats got international attention when they released their debut album, ‘Camp Rock’ in 2015 and critics from all over Europe, Australia and the US praised their unique ability to blend classic rock, powerpop and punk in a new and exciting way. The lead single, ‘Kids of the 70s’ got a lot of airplay on rock radio across Europe and college radio in the US, in addition to national radio back home. The band supported the likes Rise Against and The Dandy Warhols before they embarked on their first UK and Scandinavian tour.


However, potential disaster was just around the corner, as the band Razorbats lost both lead singer Even Berg and bassist Stig Sætevik during the recording of their follow-up album. Guitarist Kjetil F. Wevling explained what happened:


“We were almost done recording a new album when Even told us he had to leave the band. He's a single dad, and with the success of ‘Camp Rock’ and all the plans we had for the future he found it impossible to combine the two.


It didn't really come as a surprise to us and it was of course the right decision, but it put us in a difficult position. Even is a unique singer, so we knew he would be hard to replace. We had some disagreements about what to do next, so Stig left about the same time. We went on Christmas leave with half a band and half a record in the can. At that moment, we were very close to calling it a day.”


In addition to replacements for their now departed singer and bassist, in the form of Paul Vercouteren (Hollywood Vampires/Virginia Hill) and Christoffer Haugerud (Kill City Bandits) respectively, Razorbats have also recruited a second guitar player, Asle Tangen (Babylon Bastards/She Said Destroy).


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Wevling explained the recruitment process:


“I somehow started thinking about a band I really loved a few years ago called Hollywood Vampires. Not the one with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, of course. They had a fantastic singer and frontman, great style and was one of the few bands in that mould that could actually back the image up with quality songs. After I started thinking about Paul, I couldn't even consider anyone else. He was perfect! We had a few beers one day and discussed plans, ambitions and music. We realised we shared the same vision, so it was really a no-brainer.


“Paul knew we were also looking for a bass player, so he brought along Christoffer, who at that time was in Kill City Bandits. So, after a few hours of talking and many delicious beers Razorbats was reborn and we quickly got to work on finishing the new record. Already that first night we decided we were gonna find a second guitar player to do the Thin Lizzy and Def Leppard twin guitar thing. None of the guys we knew were a fit, so we held auditions. Asle had the right musical references, played great and had a lot of drive, so we knew he was our guy.”


Drummer Knut S. S. Wettre said of the rejuvenated line-up:


“It is in a lot of ways a new band now and all the guys have brought something special to the table. Paul is awesome and he's taken a lot of the songs on the new record to another lever. Christoffer is a god given backup singer in addition to being a solid bass player and Asle is a great guitarist. It's a lot of fun being in Razorbats these days!”


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