Norway’s 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 exiting 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 shared the stage with bands like Rise Agains, CJ Ramone, The Dogs and The Dandy Warhols before they embarked on their first UK and Scandinavian tour. Camp Rock was named album of the year by Glitter 2 Gutter in the US and featured on several best-of list for 2015 all over the world.
THE STORY SO FAR...
The band first formed i 2012 under the name The Heat with singer Even Berg, guitarists Kjetil F. Wevling and Erland Nyborg, bass player Stig Sætevik and drummer Knut S. S. Wettre. They released a 7" single called Ruben's Lost Control that Christmas before changing name to Razorbats the following spring.
In the summer of 2013 the band recorded their first EP under the new name. Turbojugend label Self Destruct Records in the US somehow heard the self-produced EP and wanted to release it worldwide. Bring It On was released in June 2014 and national radio in Norway quickly picked up on the song Born in Blood. The band suddenly had a nice little radio-hit on their hands and Razorbats had arrived!
Even before the Bring It On EP had been released the band had started work on their debut album. This time recruiting producer Kai Christoffersen, who was known for his work with retro rockers Orango and for winning the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) for his work with Ila Auto. Before work began the band parted ways with guitarist Erland Nyborg and they continued as a four-piece for a while. Camp Rock was finally released in September 2015 and received fantastic reviews from all over the world as the reputation of the album spread through the winter of 2015/16. Again national radio in Norway started playing the single titled Kids of the 70s in addition to rock radio in Europe and college radio in the US. To support the album Razorbats went on their first tour of Norway and also added dates in Sweden and the UK.
In the spring of 2016 the band again went in the studio with Christoffersen to record a couple of song, this time resulting in an EP titled This High. It was released in the fall of 2016, but the band didn't tour to support it, but instead got ready to record the follow up to Camp Rock. This time things did not go as planned...
Right before Christmas 2016, with most of the album done, singer Even Berg said he was leaving the band for personal reasons. The remaining member couldn't agree on what to do next, so bassist Stig Sætevik left around the same time. With half a band and half an album in the can, Razorbats was close to calling it quits. After a few weeks of soul searching drummer Knut S. S. Wettre and guitarist Kjetil F. Wevling decided to give it another go and try to find new band members.
Wevling remembered a band called Hollywood Vampires, that were stirring things up a few years ago. They had a fantastic sing and frontman in Paul Vercouteren, so he tracked him down. As it turned out Paul was a fan of Razorbats, so they met up for a talk and a few beers. Paul brought along bassist Chris Haugerud, who was in a band called Kill City Bandits, that was about to pack it in. The new lineiup quickly started rehearsing and it was just magic! This was gonna work! The guys had decided already that first night that they were gonna ad a second guitar player to the lineup. Auditions were held and Asle Tangen, previously of Babylon Bastards and She Said Destroy, joined in May 2017.
During the spring and summer of 2017 the new lineup finished the follow up album to Camp Rock and played their first gigs at Gjerstad Rock Festival and Raumarock in Norway.
PRESS RECEPTION CAMP ROCK
Camp Rock is a fantastic nostalgia trip that isn’t afraid to be whatever it wants to be - 100% Rock Magazine (Australia)
Camp Rock is one hell of a rock ’n roll record from start to finish - City Slang (USA)
Camp Rock is fun, frivolous and perfect for your next lost weekend - Classic Rock Magazine (UK)
If you like quality hard rock, you owe it to yourself to check out Razorbats - Sleaze Roxx (USA)
Bands like this is the hope that our favourite music can surely get inspired and lean on rock’s glorious past, as well as move forward and create something fresh and interesting! - Rockpages (Greece)
Camp Rock er ei knallgod rockeskive, og svenskene må snart begynne å passe seg nå som flere av de etablerte bandene deres i samme sjanger begynner å bli utvanna samtidig som Norge fostrer band av dette kaliberet. Sjekk ut Razorbats, folkens - kjøp skiva! - Scream Magazine (Norway)
Jag ser denna grupp som Norges nästa exportvara nu när oljan och kronan inte går så bra som den gjort förut - Skrutt (Sweden)
Razorbats is the most exciting new Scandinavian band! - Veglam (France)
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