Let Me Entertain You: The Raveonettes @ TLA 10.17.09

Playing to a criminally undercrowded TLA, The Raveonettes still managed to put on one hell of a show. Earlier that day, I got a chance to mix an acoustic session with Sune and Sharin, which showed that the duo are much more than just the noise and processed beats that drive their songs on their records. They are songwriters and performers through and through. Though they talk very little between songs and barely move around while playing, The Raveonettes whipped the comfortably-spaced crowd into a twisting, shoe-gazing frenzy. Just what everyone needed for a cold, rainy Saturday night.

The set comprised mostly of songs from the group’s new album, In And Out Of Control, and its predecessor, Lust Lust Lust, with a few strategically-scattered older songs. Picking the strongest songs from the new album to present, Sune and Sharin (along with a bassist and live drummer) powered through “Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed),” “D.R.U.G.S.,” and a tambourine-and-bass version of “Break Up Girls!” In the middle of the set, Sune took the spotlight on a solo rendition of Chain Gang Of Love‘s “Little Animal,” which Sharin answered with her own performance of “Oh, I Buried You Today,” the brief interlude from In And Out Of Control. An obligatory performance of “Love In A Trashcan” was the only representation of the band’s best-known album, Pretty In Black, implying that they don’t need to perform anything from that disc, but they still choose to. When The Raveonettes perform as a duo, Sune and Sharin jump around between guitar, bass and drums. Seeing as how the night featured a full band, the only switch came when Sharin took to the drums for “The Beat Dies,” a standout dirge from Lust Lust Lust.

Along with the sonic assault of two overdriven guitars and thumping percussion loops, The Raveonettes’ assault relied heavily on a rather elaborate light setup. Strobes flanked the players and colored lights flooded the stage, illuminating the smoky haze generating from some fog machines backstage. Since In And Out Of Control is a a little more conservative when it comes to noise freak-outs, the strobes weren’t used as much as I imagine they would have been on past tours. Still, during the ear-shattering blitz of songs like “Aly, Walk With Me,” the strobe lights were used to a great, almost dizzying effect. Sharin and Sune, perpetually dressed in dark colors, disappeared into the rapidly-flickering abyss rather eerily. The guitar attack was certainly loud, but just loud enough to not compromise the group’s artistic use of noise.

With an encore of “Last Dance” and “That Great Love Sound,” The Raveonettes closed what was, for the small crowd that was in attendance, one of the most enjoyable concerts of the year so far.

Click the picture at the top of this post to see more of the The Raveonettes in concert!!

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~ by E. on October 20, 2009.

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