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By Phil Bonyata
Sune Rose and Sharin Foo
of The Raveonettes
March 28, 2011
Hailing from Denmark, The Raveonettes are a talented duo that consist of Sune Rose Wagner (guitar, vocals) and Sharin Foo (guitar, vocals). Their sounds are rooted in the structural simplicity of the music of the '50s and '60s, but remain fresh with their driving electrical fuzz and brooding lyrical content. Their albums and shows have garnered them an international buzz as well as serious critical acclaim. Sex (like just about every other star) is a big part of their image, but strangely they refused to answer this question - "Sharin, do you agree with Blender's declaration that you were the sexiest woman in rock in 2006?" We'd like to think that we're clever and that they are hiding something, but in all honesty it was probably a question that has been asked to them hundreds of times.
Livewire's Phil Bonyata caught up with the busy band to see what's been floating around in their heads lately.
Livewire: Your lyrics are rife with dark subject matter. Do you find it easier or more inspiring to write about the bleaker aspects of life?
The Raveonettes: I guess it depends on where you're at in your life. I think we're all drawn to the darkness in one way or the other. I understand misery better than happiness.
Livewire: It is said that you were "discovered" by Rolling Stone editor David Fricke at the SPOT Festival in Aarhus, Denmark. Do you believe this was your big break?
The Raveonettes: David has always been a great supporter of the band and we owe a lot of love to him. I believe various things contributed to our "big break." Our personal ambitions, our dedication to the cause, our music and David Fricke.
Livewire: Portions of your song "That Great Love Sound" were featured in a Kmart commercial in the U.S. a few years ago. Is there a line between artistic integrity and commercialism?
The Raveonettes: I'm sure there is but I haven't seen it yet. We're interested in getting everybody to hear our music and that was a good way to get our song out. Radio won't really play our music so we need our channels.
Livewire: With the proliferation of music festivals all over the world - have we reached a saturation point?
The Raveonettes: I don't think so at all.
Livewire: Do you have a favorite festival?
The Raveonettes: Roskilde Festival in Denmark.
Livewire: I saw you play at Lollapalooza 2009 and thought that your show was electrifying. How do you improve upon a less than stellar performance?
The Raveonettes: Thanks!! We always change things up. Right now we'll be touring with 2 drummers, it's gonna be insane!!!
Livewire: Tell me one of the strangest things to happen to you while on the road?
The Raveonettes: I don't remember much from the road but I'm sure we've encountered many strange things, sorry.
Livewire: Do either of you do drugs?
The Raveonettes: Not in public.
Livewire: On your Pretty in Black record why did Anders Christensen play bass instead of Sharin?
The Raveonettes: He's a lot better at playing bass then Sharin is and Sharin is a much better guitarist than he is, so it made sense at the time I guess.
Livewire: Do you feel that "sex" is an important part of The Raveonettes image?
The Raveonettes: Of course, just like love and death.
Livewire: Tell me why your sound is so deeply rooted in the '50s and '60s?
The Raveonettes: That's the music we grew up with, it's pretty hard to change.
Livewire: What artist or band are you chomping-at-the-bit to collaborate with?
The Raveonettes: Poison Ivy.
Livewire: Do you feel that there is a natural evolution to The Raveonettes sound or do you feel that change is necessary for change's sake?
The Raveonettes: It's very natural. Our lives change all the time and so will our music. We love change, we're all for it.
Livewire: When it's all said and done what do you see written on The Raveonette's tombstone?
The Raveonettes: Genius In The Grave.
The Raveonettes are performing at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on April 6th www.lincolnhallchicago.com.