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Lusting After The Raveonettes

The Raveonettes at The Phoenix
The Raveonettes
Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
April 2, 2011

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Greg Abramowitz

The Raveonettes were the silver lining to what started as a dull Saturday night by California's Tamaryn. The Danish duo were driven to please the full-to-the-gills Phoenix venue with their fuzzy rock sound.

Sune Rose Wagner (guitar, vocals) and Sharin Foo (bass, guitar, vocals) now have five albums under their belt. Their most recent, Raven in the Grave, flies in a different direction from previous Jesus and the Mary Chain influenced records. While Raven in the Grave features less surfer drumbeats and more celestial vocals, their set included more distorted guitars and sinister attitude than ever before. It's that great love sound we've come to know so well.

The band started off, appropriately so, with the first track off the new album, "Recharge & Revolt" that had Wagner hopping about sans-guitar – a sight you don't see too often. Vocally and visually, Wagner and Foo are the perfect duo. Gritty tracks like "Evil Seed" and "Love in a Trashcan" were accompanied by the gorgeous use of coloured LED lights. With the exception of "The Love Gang", songs from their debut album, Chain Gang of Love were absent which leaves me to believe perhaps the dynamic duo would much rather focus on perfecting their new found sound.

Prior to the April 4th release of Raven in the Grave, the band raved the album to be "bleak, depressing and beautiful" adding it's the kind of soundtrack to which you would blow your brains out. To others, it's more like a perfect soundtrack with which one would get lost in a foreign country. With that said, there's something very reminiscent of Lost in Translation about it that would even make Sophia Coppola proud.

The band held onto their new single, "Forget That You're Young" until their encore performance. Foo's airy vocals over Wagner's tremulous riffs left a lasting impression on the crowd. It's amazing to look back at earlier reviews and scoff at critics for thinking they wouldn’t last beyond one album. Saturday night, they proved without fail they’ve got lasting power. Rave on.

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