Friday, 9 March 2012

The Raveonettes - Raven in the Grave

   The Raveonettes are a rock and roll duo formed in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2001. Comprising Sune Rose Wagner (guitar, instruments, vocals) and Sharin Foo (guitar and vocals), their music is characterized by close two-part vocal harmony inspired by The Everly Brothers , coupled with hard-edged electric guitar overlaid with liberal doses of noise.

  The name, The Raveonettes, is a direct reference to The Ronettes, and Buddy Holly’s song Rave On!.

  Their songs juxtapose the structural and chordal simplicity of 50s and 60s rock with intense electric instrumentation, driving beats and often dark lyrical content, similar to another of the band’s influences, The Velvet Underground. Altogether, they sound very much like a slightly more melodic version of The Jesus and Mary Chain.

  On April 4th, 2011, they released “Raven in the Grave”, a nine-track studio album with Vice Records.  It’s their 5th studio album. 

From their site bio:
“I think we have finally hit on something quite important and different for this album,” explains Sune. “This is the first Raveonettes album we’ve done which doesn’t feature the signature Raveonettes surf drumbeat. None of the tunes have any real sunshine to them. It’s all very un-Rave.”
“It has a mood of ethereal defiance” Sharin adds. “It’s dark but not bleak, like the single minded determination caused by crisis that is not quite hope but just as powerful. It’s the perfect winter soundtrack just in time for spring”.

  The album received generally positive reviews upon its release, fantastic album indeed, I liked it very much, The Raveonettes have taken what’s being described as a newer, darker trail, leaving behind the surf drum beats and guitar noise they’ve been identified with for years.  Enjoy!

 Official site

  "Let Me On Out" is probably the least commercial song on Raven In The Grave, in that respect you could refer to it as an anti-single. We really love the song. It's beautiful, haunting, loud, and dynamic. Everything a great song should be. We wanted to showcase the song in a static setting to draw the listeners attention to the raw sound." (Sune Rose Wagner, The Raveonettes)


1.-Recharge & Revolt
2.-War In Heaven
3.-Forget That You’re Young
5.-Summer Moon
6.-Let Me On Out
8.-Evil Seeds
9.-My Time’s Up


Chris said...

Glad you liked the album, and good review! Didn't know the history behind their name. I didn't love all the tracks, just a couple of the quieter songs are my taste.

I gave the B-sides and rarities album a listen by The Raveonettes (from Dec 2011) , my fave song so far is "Black Wave"

You can find a stream of "B-sides and rarities" here:

Night Admirer said...

Thanks Chris ;)

I enjoy a lot in this album, Evil Seeds squeezed under my skin, amazing band indeed!
I'll try to find those rare tracks ;)
You're always on the side of the quieter songs, it's nice but I like the loudest noise ;)
See ya!