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The Raveonettes say it with their guitars / Bimbos 365

November 11, 2009
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[View the whole set on Flickr.]
On the way to the Raveonette’s show Monday night, I was lamenting to Maris how the indie rock scene can sometimes feel a little bit repetitive. The exact words out of my mouth were “I mean, how many things can you really do with two guitars, a bass and a drum kit?” To say that I was eating my words minutes later was an understatement. In fact, I was astounded by the minimal amount of outward efforts put into creating the wall of noise and subtle emotions of the Raveonettes.


The sets visual interests were few but exhilirating: Sharin’s two handed slide during a rippin’ rendition of ‘Lust’, Sune’s plaintive solo version of ‘Wine’ directly followed by Sharin’s equally sombre cut ‘Oh, I Buried You Today’.

Of course, the aural delights were many. The raucous and bouncy ‘Bang!’ proceeding the two most emotionally raw tracks of the night (‘Wine’ and ‘Oh, I Buried You Today’) was an almost jarring musical change-up but also the kind that makes you feel alive and remember what you love about live music.


One of my favorite aspects of the Raveonette’s music – the incredibly dark lyrics backed by the most bubble-gum of pop hooks – was in full force Monday. ‘Last Dance’ would make a perfect backing for any high-school prom montage if it weren’t about breaking up with a drug addict. ‘Boys Who Rape’ (which is, quite literally, about rapists) is vessel to some of the most playful and cheerfully delivered vocals on the album and in their set.
On top of all this, I was absolutely thrilled with the encore. While Maris and I were weighing the pros and cons of leaving (we do have day jobs, you know) the opening screech of ‘Attack of the Ghost Riders’ rang through Bimbo’s. ‘Attack’ was followed shortly by the single biggest hit of the band, ‘That Great Love Sound’. Don’t you just love a band that saves their best for last?
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