The Raveonettes

One of our favorite non-local bands, The Raveonettes, is coming to San Francisco’s Bimbo’s on Friday, January 23rd, where they’ll be performing with San Diego’s The Soft Pack (tickets here).  We had the chance to interview Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes over e-mail to discuss their recent series of digital EPs, a love of Christmas music, and what they’re currently working on.

[audio:] The Raveonettes – “Come On Santa” (from Wishing You A Rave Christmas)

In addition to the interview, we are giving away an incredible prize pack for one lucky fan!  All you have to do is send an E-mail to contest[at] including your name and mailing address and answers to the following questions: “What is your favorite Raveonettes song? Why?”

Included in the prize pack:

– Lust Lust Lust on vinyl
– All four Raveonettes digital EPs
– A signed poster
– A pair of tickets to the Bimbo’s show

    The winner will be chosen and notified on Thursday, January 15th at noon.

    And now to the interview…

    The Bay Bridged – Why release a series of digital EPs, as opposed to a full length follow-up to Lust Lust Lust?

    Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes – EP’s are a funny medium cause you can explore and express so much with just 3-4 songs and it keeps it interesting and fresh especially in our case cause we wanted to put out 4 of them and wanted them to be distinctly different.

    TBB – Did releasing a series of EPs–as opposed to a full length album–impact your songwriting process?

    SRW – Absolutely. By not having to “match” 10-14 songs to make a coherent album, you can mess around with a lot more different styles and textures but I’ll have to say that I’m a fan of both full length albums and EP’s and singles for that matter I guess.

    [audio:] The Raveonettes – Aly, Walk With Me (from Lust Lust Lust)

    TBB – Are there unifying themes to Beauty Dies and Sometimes They Drop By? How would you characterize the feel of each of those two EPs?

    SRW – I say they’re quite different. Sometimes They Drop is an electronically driven EP, very minimal and playful. It’s like the birth of something that hasn’t quite developed yet, it’s charming. Beauty Dies is a raw, dirty and cool mix of rock ‘n’ roll and grimy jazz:)

    TBB – Were the songs written in batches for each EP, or are there older and newer songs mixed together? If so, how did you know what to include on each EP?

    SRW – The title song of Sometimes They Drop By is an older track we used to experiment with pre Lust Lust Lust and so is “Vintage Future”, which is actually the title I wanted for Lust Lust Lust. All the songs for the Beauty Dies EP were made for that EP specifically.

    TBB – It feels like to me like the band really explored some new sounds on these latest releases. Do you see your music heading in a more electronic direction?

    SRW – I’m incredibly excited for the next album cause I feel we have so much to offer but sometimes we can’t see it ourselves which is why we wanna work with a producer who can push our creative limits to the max. We’re big fans of electronic music and rock ‘n’ roll/punk music so we’ll see where that takes us.

    TBB – When you decided to cover “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” were there elements of the original that you wanted to preserve? What did you want to capture with your version?

    SRW: Darlene Love’s voice is breathtaking and there’s no way we were ever gonna capture that:) I wanted to capture the nostalgic theme of the song but bring it to our generation with distorted synths and pounding electronic drums. It’s amazing to see how all these old tunes still hold up to this day when given a dose of the old 2008/2009 sound.

    TBB – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is, in my opinion, the best Christmas pop song ever. Do you guys have other favorite Christmas songs?

    SRW – I think the Nat King Cole’s Christmas album is unbelievable and so is Ella Fitzgerald’s Swinging Christmas.

    TBBWhere do you see your music going in the future? What can fans expect from your next songs?

    SRW – I have no idea and that’s the beauty of it, I’m just soaking everything up right now from Madonna to New Order to Wham to Atari Teenage Riot to Prince to Happy Mondays, etc…I’m loving it:)

    Catch The Raveonettes in San Francisco:
    Bimbo’s 365 Club
    with The Soft Pack
    Doors: 8pm; Show: 9pm