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The Raveonettes Hang 10

October 8th, 2012

The Raveonettes – Webster Hall – October 5, 2012


Remember the last scene of Point Break? Undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) releases head surfer hooligan Bohdi (Patrick Swayze) into the abyss of crashing waves. That’s the perfect scene to describe the Danish duo of Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner, known to most as the Raveonettes. Their ’50s- and ’60s-inspired vocal harmonies paired against the buzz of guitars provide the perfect push and pull of a cult bromance like that of Johnny and Bohdi’s. For the Raveonettes’ latest album, Observator, the inclusion of keys only adds to the sound of “surfing in the rain.”

At Webster Hall on Friday night the waves were crashing for the perfect ride. Clad in monochromatic attire, the Raveonettes—with a touring drummer—glided onstage with amps tagged “rave” and “ion.” Fans cheered opener “Hallucinations,” from Lust Lust Lust, and continued as Wagner started the first lyrics of recent single “She Owns the Streets” and other tracks off Observator, “Curse the Night,” “The Enemy” and “Young and Cold.” For the latter, the drummer exited the stage while Foo strapped on an acoustic guitar.

As a nod to their locale, Foo raised her hand to the lyric “Aly, walk with me in New York City” on “Aly, Walk with Me.” And as an encore, the Raveonettes treated the audience to their back catalog with “Lust” and “Cops on our Tail,”  from Whip It On. As Foo and Wagner chimed the last “Fuck you,” the crowd rippled into applause and rode off into the evening on a perfect high. —Sharlene Chiu