Winter blues already? Good. Get your buzz on, buy a ticket from Voxhall, put your blackest clothes on and take in a Raveonettes show this Friday in town.
The Raveonettes are pretty much Denmark’s most widely known group internationally, outside of Aqua. Thank god they exist too – they make frigging great music. In case you’re new to music here or have just been switched on – The Raveonettes are comprised of Sune Wagner and Sharin Foo. Wagner is widely regarded as one of Denmark’s most influential sons- his band prior to forming the Raveonettes – Psyched Up Janis – were one of DK’s (if not the world’s) finest acts of the 90s. Moving into the 2000s – Wagner split up PUJ and grabbed Sharin Foo (hubba hubba!) and formed The Raveonettes. Early albums like “Whip It On” and “Chain Gang Of Love” were heavy and fast – picture a 60s girl group melded together with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It was something to behold.
Subsequent albums thereafter slowed down the pace and stripped it back a bit – “Love In A Trashcan” (from 2005’s “Pretty In Black LP”) was a massive hit and a change in direction for the group. The album featured guest spots from Ronnie Spector (of the Ronettes) and Mo Tucker (of The Velvet Underground). As you can imagine – the sound was a mixture of the two styles – girl groups of the 60s and early psych and garage.
Their next run of albums saw Raveonettes turn to a much darker side, however – “Lust Lust Lust” had a jagged noisey edge with tracks like “Ally Walk With Me”. It was film noir set to music! 2009’s “In And Out Of Control” saw the ‘ettes working with a famed pop producer, Thomas Troelsen – but they still maintained their dark edge with songs like “Last Dance” and “Suicide” – further down the K-hole we went.
Their next two LP’s – Raven In The Grave and Observator (2011-12) were similar in feel – it was later revealed that Wagner might have had a problem with some drugs and pain management while writing – the group located to sunny California though and released the critically acclaimed Pe’ahi last year. Pe’ahi was a bit of a shift in tone – heading into a much lusher orchestration of noise, electronics, piano based numbers and digital distortion. The Classic Raveonettes is still very much installed in the sound picture, however – plenty of surfy guitars and reverb – and THOSE VOICES!
Seeing The Raveonettes live has never been a letdown. If you are prone to seizures, however you are gonna wanna sit this out, though – it’s always heavy on the strobe lights. Also – if by some freak of nature you are allergic to reverb – your going to need a couple of epi-pens, there is plenty of that to go around too.
In the lead up to this Danish leg of the tour – The Raveonettes did a poll on social media where you could submit suggestions for their set list – let’s hope you chose some good ones – because apparently they’re going to play what we asked for! This is definitely not a show to be missed.
Support on the night are from Velvet Volume – a group that of course has been making some serious waves on the rock scene – you’re going to want to get in early and check these ladies out – bring your ear plugs too – it might get loud.
Tickets are still selling at 250dkk a pop – but they are going fast – so secure yours soon.
Be safe! Respect the other concert attendees! See ya there!