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The Raveonettes Biography
If The Raveonettes decided to call it a day tomorrow, we would undoubtedly remember them with nothing but love. But it’s partly down to the fact that they’ve spawned this new generation of talent that the band have strived to move themselves forward with their fifth album. After the best part of a decade honing their instantly recognizable sound and seeing it co-opted by so many other bands aspiring for a similar level of greatness, Sharin and Sune are blazing a newer, darker trail with the brilliant ‘Raven In The Grave’. “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 It’s the perfect winter soundtrack just in time for spring”.It doesn’t take long to hear how the band have superseded their traditional sound. Of course, melody is still key to what the Raveonettes do, but the familiar bombastic beats and squalls of guitar-noise take a backseat during much of ‘Raven In The Grave’. Instead, the album is awash with ghostly synths and chillingly beautiful riffs that leave you feeling simultaneously unsettled and enchanted. It’s easily the most soulful music the band have created to date. But once you scratch that sombre surface and dig a little deeper, you’ll find that ‘Raven In The Grave’ has an even darker lyrical heart. Inspired as ever by their own first hand experiences, many of the songs explore the disheartening finiteness of relationships and the devastating effects they can have when they do disintegrate. “Yeah, there are a lot of those kind of themes,” admits Sune. “‘With Recharge & Revolt’ I was trying to write an epic love song of longing and restlessness, ‘Summer Moon’ is about the blossoming of something beautiful which turns sour and starts deteriorating right in front of you and ‘My Time's Up’ is about the perils of non-commitment to affection and the dangers of short-changing your life.” When you combine The Raveonettes expanded musical palette with this stream of nakedly honest emotions, the end result is an album so compelling and sincere that you could almost live (and potentially, die) inside it.
The Howls Biography
San Diego's The Howls have only been around for a few years, but their reputation already precedes them. It only takes one listen to the band's music to see why: The Howls' sound is reminiscent of those timeless early Wilco and Ryan Adams albums, with some boozy old-school Stones thrown in for good measure. It's alt-country bliss.