Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Raveonettes surprise new album out now

The Raveonettes' seventh studio release Pe'ahi suddenly arrived yesterday via Beat Dies Records.

In September, the band will tour in select U.S. cities. Tour dates below.

"The death of Sune's father on Christmas Eve 2013 had a profound effect on the way he completed the record. He disappeared into the process with more determination and ambition than I've seen before. And what he emerged with is more uniquely daring than any of our previous records. Even though this record was driven by death, to me it sounds full of energy and life," says singer/bassist Sharin
Foo, in a press release.

"I wanted to immerse myself in the surfing history of Southern California, where both Sharin and I reside, and incorporate various elements from this specific culture into each song both lyrically and musically. I was inspired by the kids who changed the world through skateboarding and surfing, kids who weren't afraid and who never let their creativity and dreams die, kids who weren't in it for the money but only for thrills, pleasure and danger, kids who pushed the boundaries and invented a new way of living" says singer/guitarist Sune Rose Wagner.

"This album is a huge leap forward both sonically and musically for us," he continued. "We incorporated new ideas into each song such as choirs, harps, digital bit crushing, rhythmic changes, unconventional song structures, different ways of singing, staccato, machine gun guitar picking, and a somewhat schizophrenic universe. A very important element to this album is how each song consists of many different parts, not your usual verse chorus verse, etc. It's a very significant and surprising feature."

"We made a conscious decision to not have any ballads on this album. We wanted it to roar like Pe'ahi. This album would only have been possible to make on the West Coast. Sun, surf, the Pacific, vast spaces yet a sense of isolation. No distractions. 12 hours working days for 4 months straight."

Peʻahi is a place on the north shore of the island of Maui in Hawaii. It has lent its name to a surfing break, also known as Jaws. During off-season the spot is taken over by meth fuelled crazies and people are advised to not venture out there. In February of 2014, 27-year-old pregnant Carly Scott was murdered there.

Tour Dates:

9/22 Bimbo's, San Francisco, CA
9/23 Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
9/24 El Rey, Los Angeles, CA
9/26 Double Door, Chicago, IL
9/27 Mid Point Festival, Cincinnati, OH
9/29 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
9/30 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
10/1 The Black Cat, Washington, DC

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