The Raveonettes

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The Raveonettes
The Raveonettes 2 by David Shankbone.jpg
Background information
Origin Copenhagen, Denmark
Genres Indie rock,[1] noise pop, garage rock, surf rock, shoegazing, post-punk revival
Years active 2001–present
Labels Sony Records
Fierce Panda Records
Vice Records
Website http://www.theraveonettes.com/
Members Sune Rose Wagner
Sharin Foo

The Raveonettes are a Danish indie rock[1] duo, consisting of Sune Rose Wagner (born 1973, Sønderborg, Denmark) on guitar, instruments, and vocals, and Sharin Foo (born 22 November 1973, Emmelev, Denmark) on bass, guitar and vocals. Their music is characterized by close two-part vocal harmonies inspired by The Everly Brothers[2] coupled with hard-edged electric guitar overlaid with liberal doses of noise.[3] Their songs juxtapose the structural and chordal simplicity of '50s and '60s rock with intense electric instrumentation, driving beats, and often dark lyrical content (e.g., crime, drugs, murder, suicide, love, lust, and betrayal), similar to another of the band's influences, The Velvet Underground.

Biography[edit]

The Raveonettes playing at the Geek Theatre

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.

Officially, the band was 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. Unofficially, 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 Scott Cohen and Richard Gottehrer, who have been with them from the start. Cohen and Gottehrer orchestrated a bidding war for the band which culminated in the $2 million Columbia Records signing in 2002.[citation needed]

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.[4]

Chain Gang of Love[edit]

The band's first full-length album, Chain Gang of Love, was produced by Richard Gottehrer and The Raveonettes' own Sune Rose Wagner. The album was recorded in Denmark and New York from 9–17 October, 6–12 November, and 4–10 December 2002, and mixed in London in early 2003. The thirteen songs on Chain Gang of Love are written by Sune Rose Wagner with the exception of "That Great Love Sound", which Sune co-wrote with Gottehrer. Portions of this song were featured in a U.S. ad for Kmart. The album is notable, in that all the songs were written in the key B-flat major.

Pretty in Black[edit]

The band's follow-up album, Pretty in Black, broadened their musical palette, featuring guest vocals from Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes as well as guest instrumental spots from Maureen Tucker (of The Velvet Underground) and Martin Rev (of Suicide). This was their first album in which Sharin Foo did not play bass; instead, The Raveonettes added bass player Anders Christensen, who had toured with seminal jazz drummer Paul Motian, amongst others. Christensen recorded on the album and toured with the band. At the end of the 2005 tour, guitar player Manoj Ramdas left the band to concentrate on his new band SPEKTR.

The video for the single "Love in a Trashcan", directed by Peder Pedersen, features pink bars and blocks with words like "Vamp" and "Teaser" scrolling by the band members, and is reminiscent of an early-1960s cosmetic ad.

Lust Lust Lust[edit]

The duo's third studio album, Lust Lust Lust, was released in November 2007 in Europe and February 2008 in the U.S. The album received generally positive reviews, with the NME's Hardeep Phull describing it as "their most engrossing album."[5]

In December 2008, Sune Rose Wagner released a solo album, simply titled Sune Rose Wagner. All of the songs are sung in his native language of Danish.[6]

In and Out of Control[edit]

The Raveonettes' fourth album, In and Out of Control, was released 6 October 2009, with "Last Dance" released as the lead-off single. The album was co-written and produced by Thomas Troelsen. Both "Last Dance" and "Suicide", another song from the album, have been featured on The CW's Gossip Girl.[7]

Raven in the Grave[edit]

Raven in the Grave, The Raveonettes fifth album, was released 4 April 2011. The album has produced three singles to date.

Observator and Beyond[edit]

The duo released a new album, titled Observator, on 11 September 2012.[8][9][10] The lead single 'Observations' was released 25 June.[11] The second single 'She Owns the Streets' was released 9 July.[12]

In July 2013 the duo teased new music on their Facebook page, posting a short clip of a new song and a picture that reads "Attention! Work in Progress" [13]

Gear[edit]

During live performances, the band usually utilizes Fender instruments (Sune uses a number of Jazzmasters while Sharin opts for either Mustang or jazz bass, and a Jazzmaster). Sune plays a number of different guitars and basses on their albums, including different Fenders, Gibsons, and Gretsches. In the fall of 2005, the tour van containing the band's equipment (including Sune's prized 1960 Jazzmaster and Sharin's treasured Gretsch 6120) was stolen during their tour of the U.S.

On their 2007 tour, the band used the following effects pedals:[14]

Sune:

  • Electro-Harmonx Pulsar
  • ProCo Rat Distortion
  • Boss Mega Distortion MD-2
  • Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Octave Fuzz
  • Boss Digital Reverb RV-2 & RV-5
  • Danelectro Spring King
  • Boss Chromatic Tuner TU-2

Sharin:

  • Boss TR-2 Tremolo
  • ProCo Rat Distortion
  • Boss Digital Reverb RV-5 (3x)
  • Zvex Fuzz Factory Vexter
  • Boss Chromatic Tuner TU-2

Band line-up by album[edit]

Chain Gang of Love

  • Sune Rose Wagner: guitars and vocals
  • Sharin Foo: bass and vocals
  • Manoj Ramdas: guitars
  • Jakob Hoyer: drums

Pretty in Black

  • Sune Rose Wagner: guitars, vocals, synth, percussion, drums, bass, and programming
  • Sharin Foo: vocals and percussion
  • Jakob Hoyer: drums and percussion
  • Anders Christiensen: bass, percussion, and organ
  • Manoj Ramdas: guitar

Whip It On, Lust Lust Lust, In and Out of Control, Raven in the Grave and Into the Night

  • Sune Rose Wagner: instruments and vocals
  • Sharin Foo: vocals

Discography[edit]

Sune Rose Wagner
Sharin Foo

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
DEN
[15]
BEL
[16]
FRA
[17]
NLD
[18]
SWE
[19]
UK
[20][21]
US
[22]
2003 Chain Gang of Love 5 120 81 53 43 123
2005 Pretty in Black 3 61 109 71 152
2007 Lust Lust Lust 20 108
2009 In and Out of Control 5 96 126
2011 Raven in the Grave 4 126
2012 Observator 7 110
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.
Notes

1 Lust Lust Lust's inclusion of 3D glasses rendered it ineligible for the UK Albums Chart.

EPs[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
DEN
[24]
UK
[20][21][25]
UK Ind[21]
2002 "Attack of the Ghost Riders" 73 Whip It On
2003 "Beat City" 83
"That Great Love Sound" 34 Chain Gang of Love
"Heartbreak Stroll" 3 49
2004 "That Great Love Sound" (re-issue) 52
2005 "Ode to LA" 78 Pretty in Black
"Love in a Trashcan" 26
2007 "Dead Sound" Lust Lust Lust
2008 "You Want the Candy" 15
"Aly, Walk with Me" (promo-only)
"Blush"
"Black/White" Beauty Dies
2009 "Bang!" In and Out of Control
"Last Dance" 24
2010 "Heart of Stone"
"Gone Forever" (promo-only)
2011 "Recharge & Revolt" Raven in the Grave
"Apparitions"
"Let Me on Out"
2012 "Observations" Observator
"She Owns the Streets"
"The Enemy"
"Curse the Night"

Soundtracks & Compilations[edit]

  • FIFA 2004 (2003) with "That Great Love Sound"
  • Stubbs the Zombie: The Soundtrack (2005) with "My Boyfriend's Back" (The Angels cover)
  • Nordkraft – Original Soundtrack (2005) with "Beat City"[26]
  • Amnesty International's Instant Karma (2007) with "One Day at a Time" (John Lennon cover, download only)
  • Whip It! Soundtrack (2009) with "Dead Sound"
  • Drive Angry Soundtrack (2011) with "You Want the Candy"
  • Batman: Arkham City (2011) with "Oh, Stranger"
  • Catch .44 Soundtrack (2011) with "Dead Sound"
  • Van God Los de serie (2012) with "Evil Seeds"[27]
  • Lockout (2012) with "Beat City"

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Raveonettes, The. "The Raveonettes". NPR. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  3. ^ Nay, Rob."The Raveonettes’ Buddy System", Exclaim!, March 2008.
  4. ^ Errico, Mike (December 2006). "Hottest Women of...Rock". Blender Magazine Online. Retrieved 2007-02-09. [dead link]
  5. ^ The Raveonettes – The Raveonettes – Album Reviews – NME.COM
  6. ^ Exclaim.ca – Sune Rose Wagner
  7. ^ "Gossip Girl Music | Season 5 – Episode 20". Cwtv.com. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Review – The Raveonettes – Observator". nymn.com. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Noel, Alyssa (13 June 2012). "The Raveonettes Celebrate 10th Anniversary With New LP 'Observator' | SPIN | Newswire". SPIN. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  10. ^ "Observator by Raveonettes". Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  11. ^ "iTunes – Music – Observations – Single by The Raveonettes". Itunes.apple.com. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  12. ^ "iTunes – Music – She Owns the Streets – Single by The Raveonettes". Itunes.apple.com. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  13. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151479624446363
  14. ^ "The Raveonettes – GeekChat!". Guitargeek.com. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
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  16. ^ "Raveonettes album positions in Flanders". Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  17. ^ "Raveonettes album positions in France". Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
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  21. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 451. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
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  23. ^ "Guld og Platin i maj/juni" (in Danish). IFPI Danmark. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  24. ^ "Raveonettes single positions in Denmark". Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  25. ^ Chart Log UK
  26. ^ "Various – Nordkraft – Original Soundtrack (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  27. ^ "Van God Los leader season 2". Retrieved 2012-05-10. 

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