After four albums and as many line-up changes, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo of Danish rock group The Raveonettes have a new album coming out, and their video for the single "Last Dance" spares no expense in bringing you only the finest and the latest in cinematic special effects.
The eventual ‘rave’ over “Last Dance” wouldn’t be anything new though- the duo is especially good at making infectious lead singles. “That Great Love Sound,” from 2003s The Chain Gang of Love found its way into national adverts for K-mart. I’ll go out on a limb and say that for an album played entirely in a single key, all of the songs are good enough for crossover potential, though I’d be more than content with holding my personal associations to them all the same. Indeed, B-flat major and having all but two of the twelve songs on Chain Gang of Love clock in at less than three minutes serves a shining example of how working within restrictions can yield something exceptional and downright catchy.
The Raveonettes would drop said parameters, turn down the feedback, and bring in more instruments for 2005s Pretty In Black, which has more of a country sound overall than the other records. The video for “Love in a Trash Can,” modeled after vintage cosmetic adverts, looks like something straight from the desk of Don Draper himself. Wagner and Foo would bring back some of the speed and most the noise that they were known for as a duo on the follow-up; 2007s Lust Lust Lust. Afterward, Wagner, who made no secret of calling The Raveonettes “an extremely good rock ‘n’ roll band,” released a self-titled solo album in December sung entirely in his native Danish.
Regardless of who’s in the lineup, what’s on the backline or which pedals are being used, the music of The Raveonettes, thanks much in part to their influences, is the soundtrack for teenagers transplanted from the late fifties into today. Rave on, rock hard, and roll out. In And Out Of Control comes out on 10/6 through Vice Records.