Posted Feb 16th, 2011 (1:33 pm) by Ross Condit

Danish-born, American-based fuzz pop duo, The Raveonettes, are at it again with their latest effort Raven in the Grave due out April 5. Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner are blazing a newer, darker trail with this album – the title alone should have been a clue.

Sune puts it this way, “None of the tunes have any real sunshine to them. It's all very un-Rave.” Sharin adds, “It has a mood of ethereal defiance. It's dark but not bleak.” This is the first Raveonettes album to forego their signature surf-rock drumbeat.

The song they pre-released as a single, “Forget That You're Young” is, to be honest, somewhat of a milktoast. The guitar charged, “Recharge & Revolt,” might have been a better offering if they were trying to convey a “we’re going in a new direction” message. With this song, it doesn't take long to hear how the band has switched up their traditional sound in favor of heavier punk. The muffled “Apparitions” almost moves into a witchousey vibe. “My Time’s Up” closes out the short album. This one harkens back to a the '60s girl group sound that’s become so popular. Both this and “Apparitions” are ethereal at the least.

Raven In The Grave is an oddly soulful disc, but not in an Otis Reading kind of way, mostly in a ghostly, haunting way. The album is filled with whispy synths and unsettling guitar riffs, but melody is still key. The Ravonettes bill the Raven in the Grave as “The perfect winter soundtrack just in time for spring.”

Check out the cuts below, and catch them live beginning March 30 in Philly.

Ravonettes 2011 Tour Dates:
March 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
March 31 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
April 1 - Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
April 2 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 3 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
April5 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House
April 6 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
April7 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Café
April 8 - St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
April 9 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
April 11 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
April 12 - Austin, TX @ Emo's Alt Lounging (Outdoor)
April 13 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
April 15 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
April 16 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
April 17 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
April 18 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
April 20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 21 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 4 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
May 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
May 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
May 7 - San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
May 9 - Costa Mesa, CA @ The Detroit Bar
May 10 - San Francisco, CA @Bimbo's 365 Club
May 12 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
May 13 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
May 14 - Vancouver, BC @ The Venue

Raven in the Grave Track Listing

1. Recharge & Revolt
2. War In Heaven
3. Forget That You're Young
4. Apparitions
5. Summer Moon
6. Let Me On Out
7. Ignite
8. Evil Seeds
9. My Time's Up

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