The Raveonettes – live at Vieilles Charrues Festival – August 15, 2010 – RTL, Paris –
The Raveonettes in concert tonight. Recorded at the 2010 Vieilles Charrues Festival in Carhaix, Western Brittany on August 15, 2010.
The Raveonettes consist of Sune Rose Wagner on guitar, instruments and vocals, and Sharin Foo on bass, guitar and vocals. Their music is characterized by close two-part vocal harmonies inspired by The Everly Brothers coupled with hard-edged electric guitar overlaid with liberal doses of noise. Their songs juxtapose the structural and chordal simplicity of 1950s and 1960s rock with intense electric instrumentation, driving beats, and often dark lyrical content, similar to another of the band’s influences, The Velvet Underground.
The duo met in Copenhagen and, after forming the band, began recording Whip It On at Once Was & Sauna Recording Studio, a former Sony Studios facility. They booked the studio for three weeks during non-session down time late in 2001 and handled all production chores by themselves. Adding guitarist Manoj Ramdas and jazz drummer Jakob Hoyer, The Raveonettes booked one of their first gigs at the SPOT festival in Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark. After the release of Whip It On on the seminal Danish Crunchy Frog label, Hoyer and Ramdas would contribute to the next three Raveonettes albums, along with other additional musicians. However, by the time Lust Lust Lust was released in 2007, Sune and Sharin would be the only two musicians credited, showing a return to the dynamic around the time of the mini-album.
The band was purportedly discovered by Rolling Stone editor David Fricke at the SPOT festival, and his rave review of the duo immediately resulted in a number of offers from major labels. Actually, the band discovered that David Fricke would be present at the SPOT festival, and they rushed a band together and headed for the festival. The band is managed by Richard Gottehrer, who has been with them from the start.
Whip It On was named “Best Rock Album of the Year” at the Danish Music Awards (Denmark’s Grammy equivalent) on 1 March 2003, while The Raveonettes were picked by Rolling Stone and Q Magazine as being among the harbingers of the “Next Wave” of contemporary music.
In 2006, Blender named Sharin Foo one of rock’s hottest women, alongside Courtney Love, Joan Jett and Liz Phair.
In 2015 the band announced the Rave-Sound-of-the-Month saying that in every month of 2016 the band were recording and releasing a new song. Dubbed by the band as the Anti-Album, the twelve songs were released individually for download online in each month of the year and were released 21 April 2017 as a full album titled 2016 Atomized.
In March 2018 the band surprise released a song called “Ghost”, a previously unreleased track from 2016 Atomized. The duo are also set to embark on an indefinite hiatus to allow Sune to release a solo album in 2018. In November 2020, the band released the song “Snowstorm”, their first release in over two years.
With the era of COVID-Lockdowns pretty much behind, the band returned to touring in 2022, performing their EP Whip It On in full at various festivals throughout the summer. New music is also in the works.
Dive in and enjoy the concert.
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