It’s fair to say that Andy Burrows never expected to be promoting a solo album. The self confessed “kid from Winchester whose never travelled and never lived anywhere else” was content to sit behind the drum kit, whether it be for a teenage garage bands, or mega selling chart-botherers Razorlight. In the eight years since he joined Johnny Borrell’s crew, he’s experienced a gradual flowering of confidence that’s taken him from the drum stool to front of stage, and culminates in the recent release of Company, his first full-length solo album, and a beautifully accomplished half hour of minor key, melodic pop which Burrows wrote in its entirety, played nearly all of the instruments on and co-produced.»
The summer may have been a complete washout but that still hasn't curtailed the musical treats that continue to engulf Nottingham's fair city. Here, Drowned In Sound's man around Nottingham and the East Midlands takes a look at the latest releases and happenings within the region over the coming weeks... »
V Festival - or the Virgin Media Festival to give it its correct title - may be the least favoured of its kind as far as music connoisseurs are concerned. A quick flick through the line-up doesn't exactly set pulses racing, as bland non-entities like The Script and Paolo Nutini rub shoulders with has-beens whose sell-by date expired over a decade ago (Ocean Colour Scene, Happy Mondays). However, cast all snobbery to one side for two days and delve a little deeper into the mixing pot and there are actually several gems to be found along with moments of real inspiration here. »
With rumours of Razorlight's imminent split proving greatly exaggerated, DiS takes a look at what happens when egos go bad, fall off shelves and just generally ruin our favourite bands. In his sights: Pink Floyd, Paul Weller and The Jam, The Clash and, of course, Well Known Sex Freak Sting...»
2006 has been a year that’s lived up to and exceeded all expectations. With enough fantastic albums to treble the length of my Albums of the Year list, and a gig list long enough to frighten even the hardiest tour manager, I’ve seen plenty of goodness this year. Luckily we’re on hand to jog those memories and help you reminisce about the good times and the couple of sad moments which brought us all back down to Earth with a big bump. This is 2006...»
"I don’t want to bang on about adversity but there was a lot of it… I think I’m due a bit of luck."
It looks like he’s about to get it. At time of 'going to press', Razorlight’s debut LP was sitting pretty at No. 1 in the midweek album chart, fending off competition from Keane and Scissor Sisters.
DiS chats to their lead motormouth.»
“I think there’s a difference between tact and lies. People tend to mistake one for the other. I want everyone’s tact turned off. I think if that happened people would just do what they actually wanted to do, say what they wanted to say, rather than say what they think they should say because it’s more tactful, whether they believe it or not.”»