UEA LCR, Norwich

UEA, Norwich

Strutting wildly around the stage, Razorlike front man Johnny Borrell kept a sold-out UEA audience mesmerised.

The eccentric, and, some might argue, arrogant Londoner has consistently claimed the merits of his half-English, half-Swedish fourpiece since they formed in 2002. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. The NME Rock and Roll Riot tour is the band's first chance to prove themselves since they catapulted into the world of chart with their debut album Up All Night earlier this year.

The band are already building up new material. They play tracks including latest chart singles Vice and Golden Touch.

It is clear that Johnny Borrell is more than a singer. He is a vibrant front man and a talented songwriter – and he knows it.

Backed by three excellent musicians, Razorlike are a complete experience. In this Pop Idol culture, people are just content if the live act matches the CD. But Razorlike more than deliver on all levels and you realise that their album, however good, is just one small part of what this band is all about. Support was provided by the Duke Spirit, melodic jiving punk. It is refreshing in the male-dominated music market to see a female lead singer but the band are met with a mixed response.

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At the end of the night it is the image of Johnny Borrell shouting Vices' immortal lines "LOVE I'll see you later" to a frenzied audience that leave me feeling I have witnessed something special.

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