Name of band: The Razorbills
Harry Thomson – singer/guitar/mandolin/mandocello
Jon Noad – bass
Michelle McClure – violin/vocals
Rebecca Redden – drums/clarinet/vocals
Location: Gatehouse of Fleet
We would describe our music as… folk/rock – with a bit of pop and ska thrown in. All our music is self-penned. We like to make our audience think and dance at the same time, without falling over.
Background info: Two albums in, The Razorbills continue to impress critics in the UK press:
Like Everybody Else (2014)
“I love their inventive arrangements, whether on idiosyncratic love songs like “Ariel”, or on a full-on foot-stomper like “Dance Every Day”. In fact, I love them full-stop.” Philip Ward, R2 Magazine (with 4 stars)
“At its heart, “Like Everybody Else” is political album with a number of songs drawing attention to injustice and the drift towards an I’m alright Jack society. The great thing about the Razorbills is that they don’t seem to feel that drift is inevitable, with a bit of humour and communication, who knows we might just get along and start/continue caring about things and ultimately the only thing you feel this album lacks is between track banter as it feels very much like a conversation set to some really good tunes and arrangements.” Neil King, Fatea
“The fact that they talk about issues in this age of bland commercial pop is to be saluted – that they come packaged in well-crafted songs is an added bonus!” Bruce McKenzie, D&G Life Magazine
To Hell With Youth and Beauty (2012)
fRoots magazine: “The Razorbills are quirky and brassy enough to stand on their own. Idiosyncracy a go go”;
R2 magazine, giving it 4 stars, “the sound is infused with an electric energy and unpredictable quirkiness which steers well clear of the overly praised Mumfords’ territory”
The Razorbills featured on 6music’s The Freak Zone and Radio Scotland’s Referendum Today programmes in 2014, and released a track with psych-folk legend Shelagh Macdonald. Bluesbunny reviewed their January 2015 gig at Stereo, Glasgow: “The Razorbills … robust performance suggesting that they could cast a spell made of beer upon any festival audience that they might encounter. Good natured performers almost to a fault, they skirted both politics and satire on their quest to make the women present indulge in some west Texas style line dancing. Knowledge, like money, is indeed power.”
For further information:
Like Everybody Else can be listened to here: http://amazingtunes.com/therazorbills/albums/19857
To Hell With Youth and Beauty can be listened to here: http://therazorbills.bandcamp.com/album/to-hell-with-youth-and-beauty
The Razorbills’ albums can also both be heard via Spotify (The Razorbills).
Our website is at www.therazorbills.co.uk.
Contact details for gig bookings etc:
Harry Thomson 07511667697