April 27th, 2011 by Ryan Nisley
Before Easter break I made a trip down to The Black Cat in D.C. for a date with my favorite band, The Raveonettes. As you can imagine, meeting your favorite band is a pretty exciting event, so containing my enthusiasm was quite difficult. They have been my favorite band for the last five years, so this was a big deal for me. For those who aren’t familiar with the group, The Raveonettes are natives of Denmark and have developed a unique indie rock sound with surf rock vibes. The core of the band consists of Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner. My plan was to meet with Sharin, the lead female member of the group, and chat with her before the show. Upon meeting her we walked to a nearby dressing room for better lighting and she offered to get Sune to join us! Long story short I was able to talk to both Sharin and Sune for about fifteen minutes. The conversation entails the current tour, their new album Raven in the Grave, and the progression of their sound. Check out the mp3 below to listen to listen to the entire interview!
This was my fourth time seeing the Raveonettes live and I must say that it was definitely the best yet. Each show offers a new experience with different backing musicians and light displays. In the past I have seen them as a three piece band with Sune and Sharin on guitar with a drummer and an accompanying bass track. Most recently the group consisted of Sune on guitar, Sharin on bass, and two male drummers who played a tom, snare and synthetic drum pad. I found the drum arrangement particularly interesting because the two drummers played identical sets and beats, which enhanced the visual and aural experience. The overall sound of their new album translated from contemplative to more electronic and dancy, while maintaining that ghostly Raveonettes’ reverb. One of my favorite songs of the night was “My Times Up” from the new album. It started off slow and sad, but then turned into what felt like an anthem of the final song of the night. Thank goodness it didn’t end there, but overall it was an excellent show. If you have never seen the Raveonettes, I obviously highly recommend them not only because they are my favorite band, but because their live show is truly a memorable spectacle. RAVE ON!