Razorblade Smile

This indie band formed in Newcastle, Tyne & Wear, England, in the summer of 1990 when the quartet became bored with their college courses. The band consists of Jim James (vocals, guitar), Pete Lofty (vocals,…
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This indie band formed in Newcastle, Tyne & Wear, England, in the summer of 1990 when the quartet became bored with their college courses. The band consists of Jim James (vocals, guitar), Pete Lofty (vocals, guitar), Chris Scott (drums) and Dave Chary (bass), and they released their debut single, ‘This Accurate Pain’, the following year, through a friend’s record label, Chocolate Narcotic. It revealed a band capable of writing intense, persuasive rock pop songs, influenced by the lo-fi alternative scene in the USA. ‘They seem to have a better idea of the indie ethic in America, ’ says James. ‘They do things for the hell of it and not for some kind of career motive.’ In keeping with this, the band released a series of limited-edition 7-inch singles, including the well-received ‘Vertical Orange’/‘What’s The Point’, before their debut mini-album and support slots with Heavenly.