The Raveonettes are a duo, and their sound is all about dualism and contrast — noisy guitars and careful vocal harmonies, Danish accents and American musical references, modern bluntness and retro song structures. But the most powerful contrast is that between man and woman.
Raveonettes’ singer-guitarist Sharin Foo is on the phone from her hotel room in London, where she is finishing up a European tour and gearing up for the same in America — the first stop is San Diego — and she’s talking about Lust Lust Lust, the excellent new album she created with bandmate and principal songwriter Sune Rose Wagner.
“The other albums are definitely more fictional, sort of little screenplays,” says Foo. “This one is more of an introverted, darker, more personal, intimate sort of album.” It’s also, as the title implies, an album about sex. Specifically, it’s about the power struggle between sex and love, or, as Foo puts it, “trouble between your intellect and the sort of primal parts of you.”
At times, this meant trouble between the Raveonettes. “We had a huge fight about ‘The Beat Died,’” says Foo, “because I’m singing that song, and I obviously wanted to sing it from my perspective as a female. And Sune was getting frustrated about that because he wrote the lyrics as a male perspective…we are at very different states in our lives right now. But at the same time, the songs that Sune writes, they speak to a lot of people, and they speak to me, too. That’s why we work together.”
RAVEONETTES, The Casbah, Friday, February 29, 8:30 p.m. 619-232-4355. $18.