Monday, October 19th, 2009
CONTEST – The Raveonettes @ The Phoenix – October 22, 2009
Camilla StephanI commented in passing last week that I was surprised how much I was enjoying The Raveonettes’ latest record In And Out Of Control, and that “they no longer sound like a band that I always feel like I should like more than I do, and like a band that I could actually really like”. And by that, I meant that past records seemed a little heavy on concept and aesthetic but light on actual execution, but with just enough hookery and substance to provide a decent sugar buzz.
In And Out Of Control still has those qualities in spades as well as all the Spector/Wilson-worshipping fuzz-pop production, but just feels more substantial and satisfying somehow, like they’ve found a way to infuse sugar bombs with actual nutritional value. Or maybe they’ve just made them so irresistibly sweet and poppy that you don’t care that they’re wholly empty calories. I actually think that’s it. Either way, those first three songs are fizzy-pop bliss and the rest of the record measures up pretty well as well.
The Danish duo will be in town this Thursday night, October 22, for a show at the Phoenix. Tickets are $18.50 in advance but courtesy of Against The Grain, I’ve got two pairs of passes to give away to this show. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I want to Rave On (ette)” in the subject line and your full name in the body. Contest closes at midnight, October 20. And if you enter this one and the David Bazan one for the same night, note which you’d prefer.
Out has an interview with The Raveonettes – who else could get away with asking, “Are either of you gay?” – and there’s a couple more pieces at hour.ca and The Quietus. There’s also tons of performance videos and interview bits at their own website.