Q&A with Razorbats!

While the world and in this case the music industry has been plagued by the Covid-19, Razorbats have not been resting on their laurels: new album Mainline Rock ‘N’ Roll is out and hopefully a tour will come to fruition later this year.
Last week we had a chat with the band – just days before the album release. Read on!

Who are Razorbats, and what is the story behind your band name?

Razorbats are five road worn rockers from Oslo, Norway. Most of us tour or have toured the world with other bands for a long time, in addition to being in Razorbats. The band has been around for a few years now and we have released two full length albums. I have heard that a razor bat is the weapon of choice of some obscure cartoon villain. Not really sure, but it sounds badass!

Your album is titled Mainline Rock ’N’ Roll and consists of 10 tracks. In short, give a presentation of each track: how it came about, lyrics etc.

We always have an overall theme for our albums, like bands used to in the 70s. Makes it more fun to write songs for the album and ties the whole album together in a great way. The theme this time is rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. The good, the bad and the moronic! The title indicates that this is the hardcore stuff, for and by people who are in too deep to stop. Most of the songs are written by Wevling.

The album opener ‘Rock ’N’ Roll Kills’ is both a mission statement for the album and also a warning. Most of us have heard growing up that you’ll end up in hell if you sin, and that sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll is a one-way ticket to hell. We basically say that it’s still worth it! We sum it up nicely in the chorus: «Cruising like an easy rider. Feel the breeze softly on my skin. All around the road gets wider. The straight and narrow is somewhere I’ve never been».

‘Working for the Weekend’ is the story of a guy who has a dead end job, hates his boss and lives for the weekend, so he can have some fun with his friends and feel alive! All of us have been there at various times in our lives, so we think it is a bit strange that some people we have played it to think that we are exaggerating or trying to be funny. But again, maybe it’s more common that rockers have boring jobs? We borrowed the title from Loverboy, but when they talk about love as an escape, we say drugs, partying and casual sex is a more realistic escape for most of us.

Next track on the album is ‘Rebel Soul’. This is a song Paul wrote for his old band Hollywood Vampires (not the one with Johnny Depp), and fitted perfectly on the album. It tells the story of a rock chick and a band she knows that’s in town. She hangs out with them, drinks their beers and has her way with the singer. All in all a good night out!

‘Little Ms. Crazy’ is the first of two breakup songs on the album. The other one being Venice. The song tells the classic story of a normie who falls in love with a free-spirited rock-chick. Of course, he doesn’t really understand her, and starts to think that there is something wrong with her. Maybe she’s having an affair with another guy or maybe she’s just crazy? He gets increasingly paranoid and acts like a total ass. Until she can’t take it anymore and dumps him. He naturally takes that as the final proof that she’s nuts. Venice is the sad story of falling out of love with someone, who on paper is fantastic and not really understanding why.

‘Big Time’ is about hopes and dreams, trying to make the most of your life. The line «Fortuna is leading me on, with a fervent determination to get it on»! Just go for it!!

‘The City’ and ‘Cocaine Karma’ is cautionary tales of excessive partying. The latter is just a fun little rocker with a disco beat about the perils of doing too much coke before having sex. ‘The City’ is a bit darker. You wake up hung over as hell and start to remember all the dumb shit you did last night. Knowing you can’t escape the consequences and feeling pretty paranoid about it. Ever been there? I think so!

The last song on the album is title ‘Nightcrawlers’. The opener, ‘Rock ’N’ Roll Kills’, functions like a warning. ‘Nightcrawlers’ is an invitation! If you have listened to all our stories and still want the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle, we’ll be more than happy to have you on our team! It can get pretty dark and fucked up at times, but we also have a lot of fun! It’s a wild, wild ride to the dark side!

Who has produced, mixed and mastered your album?

We actually produced the album ourselves. We know what we want the band to sound like, and a couple of us have gotten a lot of experience engineering over the years. So, we felt it was the right time to step up as producers as well. We recorded in three different studios, due to Covid-19, so it was a bit difficult to organize. At times we were recording drums in one studio, bass and guitars in another and vocals in a third studio. It turned out fantastic and we’re very proud of the results! Lars Erik Westby at H10 Productions mixed the album, and the mastering was done by Thomas Eberger at Stockholm Mastering.

Tell us about the cover art?

We were throwing around some ideas after a rehearsal one day and started talking about how it would be cool if we could give the listener a bit of an 80s movie vibe when they’re looking at the album front cover. You know, like one of those campy werewolf or slasher flicks. At the same time, we also wanted the listener to understand right away by just looking at the cover that this is THE ultimate rock ‘n’ roll album. One of the guys remembered that we had a great picture of Paul laying around, where he got his back to the camera with his leather jacket on, doing this cool pose. This picture (as well as the other band pictures) was taken by a photographer named Magnus Aune. With the image and the 80s vibe as a starting point, Martin (our bass player – who’s also a graphic designer) started to work on the album cover and created this awesome design. It really represents us and our music in a perfect way. You got the moon, the title and logo and of course Paul, overlooking Oslo city at night – with his magic hands, ready to raise hell and party hard.

What’s in store for Razorbats the coming year? Any tours planned?

The new album will be out April 9 and we can’t wait for the fans to hear it. It is undoubtedly our best work so far, and it will be so much fun to play live. We are rehearsing for the tour now, but who knows when it will be possible to tour again due to Covid-19. We have a European tour planned, but we’re not sure when it will happen. Follow us on social media or check razorbats.com for more updates.

Can you tell us about your influences, bands you like?

We have 50 years of rock ’n’ roll history and it’s all in there in one way or another. Most prominent in our sound is classic rock, powerpop and punk. Some of the older bands we all can agree on are Cheap Trick, KISS, The Sweet, AC/DC, Motörhead, The New York Dolls, Ramones, Hanoi Rocks, Blink 182, Mötley Crüe and The Hellacopters. We also like a lot newer bands like Heavy Tiger, The Biters, The Struts and Casablanca.

Check out Mainline Rock ‘N’ Roll on Spotify, now! In need for more cool music? Listen to Razorbats’ mixtape below.

Band photo by Magnus Aune

Cover art by Martin Korsgaard Hervig

Razorbats unleash second single!

Razorbats unleash a feel good hit for feel bad workers! 

Have you ever had a dead-end job with a terrible boss? Struggling to get through the week, so you can party and forget your dreary life for a few hours? If so, Razorbats’ “Working For The Weekend” is for you! With a catchy riff, cheesy synth and sing-a-long chorus, the song is the perfect soundtrack to a night out that you probably won’t remember anything from!

“Working For The Weekend” is out March 26. The new album Mainline Rock ’N’ Roll will be in stores April 9 through Rob Mules Records.


New release from Razorbats!

On 12th of February «Little Ms. Crazy» goes viral on all digital platforms! 

The track hails from Razorbatz’ forthcoming studio album due later this year, three years after the critically acclaimed “II”. 

NorwayRazorbats are one of the leading bands in The New Wave of Scandirock. The band got international attention with the release of 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 exiting ways. 

Cover art by Martin Korsgaard Hervig

Band photo by David Gabrielsen

Follow Razorbats on Facebook

New single from Razorbats!

‘White Trash Radio’ coming out on Rob Mules Records 11 October!

‘White Trash Radio’ is about faking a great exterior to the outside world. Every day! Such as sharing Facebook and Insta posts of your greatness during the holidays, while actually spending two weeks at a camp ground in jogging pants while grilling, drinking beer, watching ‘Allsang På Grensen’, bathing and cuddling!

Written by Kjetil F. Wevling
Produced by Razorbats
Coverart by Benjamin Liam Boyle

Check out more news at the Razorbats Facebook page.

‘The City’ by Razorbats

Razorbats are back!

Razorbats will release the track «The City» as a radio single 19 April, and follow up with a 7″ vinyl release 7th of June. It contains a highly potent double dose of addictive rock-euphoria in the form of Razorbats «The City» and «Summer of Head»backed up by two tracks from the Canadian band Sick Things. 

Razorbats will tour clubs and festivals in Norway and England in April through June in support of the release. A music video is also in the pipeline sometime in May.

Cover art by Benjamin Liam Boyle

Annual Rock Show in Oslo!

Rob Mules Records are bringing their new concept Annual Rock Show to Krøsset/Oslo. October 27 five stellar bands are ready to blow your minds: Razorbats, Veislakt, Art of Deception, Ohmwork and Tonic Breed!

Find out more and buy tickets now! Follow this link.

Q&A with Razorbats

It’s time to look back and shed some light on Razorbats’ excellent album ‘II’ (released Feb 16, 2018). It was hailed both by the press and fans in Norway and abroad. It was fun, exciting and educational for Rob Mules Records to be involved in such an overwhelming project. Read on.

Who is Razorbats, and what is the story behind your band name?

Razorbats are five road dogs who play 70’s inspired rock ’n roll with a bit of punk rock thrown into the mix! We have all played in a bunch of bands before and the band has also gone through a lot of lineup changes over the years. Last year we went through some major changes when singer Paulie Vercouteren, bassist Chris Haugerud and rhythm guitarist Asle Tangen joined the band. We also have Knut S. Wettre on drums and Kjetil F. Wevling on lead guitar. Stig, who used to play bass in the band, came up with the name Razorbats. I believe it’s taken from a Spiderman comic book and a razor bat is actually the preferred weapons of a villain called The Green Goblin. For the longest time we had no idea what the name meant, but it sounds cool!

Your album is titled ‘II’. In short, give us a presentation of each track: how it came about, lyrics etc.

Yes it is! Classic title, right? Van Halen II, Led Zeppelin II etc. Gotta love it! Ok, here we go!

«The Waiting» was one of the last songs written for the album. We wanted a cool opener that sort of represents the whole album. It’s basically a call to arms for rock ’n rollers everywhere! The waiting is over, so here we go! New album, let’s rock!

«Take It Out On The Road» is just about the longing to get out on the road and play shows. This is what lot of us feel when we’ve been in the studio for too long. Love the studio, but on the road is where it all comes alive and playing a great live show is one of the best feelings in the world!

«Social Rejects» is more of an introspective song about growing up as an outsider. A lot of people feel like they don’t belong, especially when they’re in high school. So the song is us saying «you’re not alone». There are more of us, then of them!

«Dead Boy City» is a strange one. Things get a bit darker on that one and lyrically it’s more like a nightmare vision than a story. It doesn’t end well.

«Bad Teacher» is just a fun classic 70’s rocker about not being what your girlfriend wants you to be. Boys just wanna have fun and remain untamed!!!

«Nowhere» is the first anti-hipster anthem of the album. A well derved poke at daft hillbillies who move to the big city to play hipsters with other hillbillies.

«Sister Siberia» is a love song to a cold woman who won’t allow anyone to really get to know her. Or maybe she has gotten hurt so many times that she can’t afford to let anyone in anymore. A great song that really has take on a life on it’s own live. I have seen grown men with tears in their eyes totally lost on the song. Amazing!

«Going underground». Have you ever been really, really drunk and acted like a complete asshole? Waking up the next day and feel like shit, tons of regrets and angry people you have pissed off? That is what the song is about! Set to a disco-beat, of course!! Haha!

«Send In The Clowns» is the second anti-hipster anthem of the album. Uptempo, in your face and with a really catchy dance music inspired bridge.

«Talk All Night» is the ballade of the album. It’s about falling out of love with your girlfriend and being scared to leave her. Feeling trapped in an unhappy situation and thinking back on a time where you were so in love and stayed up all night just talking for hours. So sad when that happens. Our producer suggested making it a duet as we were recording backup vocals with a singer called Anette Gil and it turned out beautifully!

Tell us about the cover art? Who is Eugenia?

It took a while to find out what kind of direction we wanted for the cover art. We wanted something 70’s inspired to go with the music and back then Hipgnosis were the coolest art designers in the world. They were inspired by surrealism and pop-art and we wanted something in that spirit. We found this greek woman working out of the US that makes some fantastic stuff. She is called Eugenia Loli and the cover is actually a collage called «Cultural Bias». She let us use it.

What’s in store for Razorbats the coming year? Any tours planned? New album on the horizon?

We are actually gonna have a talk about it this week. We have some gigs planned this fall in Norway and we’re gonna play abroad a bit. But I think we wanna start a new album quickly. The lineup is very new, but the band has never been better and we’re firing on all cylinders at the moment, so we hope we can capture lightning in a bottle!

Can you tell us about your influences, bands you like?

Oh Yeah! Classic 70’s rock ’n roll, 80’s glam and punk. Most of us never listened that much to the popular music of the day when we grew up. Most us were kids in the 90’s but where not that into grunge or rave-music or nu-metal or any of that stuff. It was KISS, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, The Sweet, Led Zeppelin and stuff like that. A bit later came Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls, Sex Pistols and some of the melodic hardcore bands that started in the 80’s. Like NOFX, Bad Religion, SNFU and all that. We have never made a conscious decision to mix those influences in our music. It just comes out that way when we write and play. There are a few bands we can release to now that seem to have the same influences. Like The Biters, Heavy Tiger and Wyldlife. Great bands!

Thanks to Razorbats for taking the time to talk to us. Let’s move on and dig into their chosen mix-tape! Something tells us that this playlist could be perfect when drinking beers in long summer nights …

Check out Razorbats on Facebook

Photo by Yngvar Sørensen

‘II’ by Razorbats

Release date: Feb 16, 2018

CD-release and digitally through Rob Mules Records.

Track listing:

  1. The Waiting
  2. Take It Out On The Road
  3. Social Rejects
  4. Dead Boy City
  5. Bad Teacher
  6. Nowhere
  7. Sister Siberia
  8. Going Underground
  9. Send In The Clowns
  10. Talk All Night

Cover art by Eugenia Loli

Three single releases the coming weeks!

Happy new year! 2018 will be an awesome year for the label. That’s for sure! Great music is heading your way! Rob Mules Records is ready to release some exciting stuff the coming weeks. The next three releases will be singles from Hella Rebelliön, Razorbats and Veislakt. The latter is their debut on the label.

‘Rebelliön’ by Hella Rebelliön. Digital release Jan 26.

‘Sister Siberia’ by Razorbats. Digital release Feb 2.

‘Klovnene (radio edit)’ by Veislakt. Digital release Feb 6.