The Raveonettes -Bang/Last Dance (single) Review


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Danish duo Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner, The Raveonettes to you and I, return with a bang, both in the literal and the figurative sense! ‘Bang’ is the first single from the bands 4th studio album “In And Out Of Control” and is a track that once again demonstrates the bands effortless ability to produce stellar pop songs of shimmering brilliance.

Released as a double A-side alongside ‘The Last Dance,’ ‘Bang’ finds The Raveonettes swapping their effects pedals in favour of surfboards to compose a glistening melodious sound which owes more to Beach Boys harmonies than to the Mary Chain guitar thrash of old. On this track at least, it appears the Raveonettes aren’t fixing to ‘Kill Surf City’ just yet, although beneath the veil of ice cream sweetness there lurks menace, “barbed wire kisses” and darkness at the core. Despite the sometimes disturbing lyrical ambiguity of lines such as “Bang! / You’re so vicious baby / Bang! / You sure know how to control me” and “When I scream out baby / Bang! You know I love it all the time” the Raveonettes still manage to leave an overall impression that you’ve just been listening to the perfect upbeat end of summer tune. Yet again they provide a shining example of how to produce pristine pop that is timeless, yet modern.

Whilst ‘Bang’ may be the more commercial, radio friendly number, it’s ‘The Last Dance’ that is the stronger of the two tunes on offer here. Initially it appears to be an innocent song laced with melancholia dealing with traditional Spector-esque prom night gone wrong style heartbreak, but closer scrutiny reveals there are darker themes at play. This isn’t just any old last dance this is the final dance in the true “God putting Patrick Swayze in the corner” sense. Thematically it’s almost like a Ronettes influenced relative of “Girlfriend In A Coma” as Wagner and Foo sing “And every time you overdose I rush to intensive care / Another sad eye stare before you disappear / If this is the last dance, if this is the last dance / Then save it for me baby.” It’s classic Raveonettes, hauntingly dark lyrics drenched in a gorgeous melody infused with a sense of bruised nobility and doomed grandeur.

The Raveonettes thankfully have not tried to reinvent the wheel here, they are doing what they do best, producing effortlessly brilliant fifties and sixties influenced rock n’roll which puts many of the jejune bandwagon jumping revivalists in the shade. Long may they continue to “Rave On”.

Buy The Raveonettes – Bang! / The Last Dance [Single]

This was originally written for Altsounds.com which you can read in full here

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11 comments

  1. Miss Frannington · October 22, 2009

    Two fantastic songs, and both are so incredibly catchy. They’d be worldwide hits if someone actually played them on the radio.

    • vonpip · October 22, 2009

      I know Fran, we get a bit of 6 music coverage here and not much else despite ‘Rave’ reviews.. Pity people don’t wake up to proper music and Radio Stations stopped playing big label pipmped playlist guff.. grrrrr

  2. Floozie · October 22, 2009

    Great songs, and I really love the cheesey video.

  3. Nighshade · October 23, 2009

    Both are really great songs from a great album, The Quietus review , which like Miss frannington I normally like, is one of those, oh I’m so clever, too cool and trying to apply logic, it barely mentions the music. The reason I enjoy this blog so much is because I find the reviews, tell you if they like the music. Ok so he goes off on mad tangents sometimes but in a really funny way and always manages to pull it all together at the end. It’s always entertaining and is definitely one of the better music blogs around

  4. DaveCromwell · October 25, 2009

    Ah, you know how much I love this band, Mr. VP.

    And I agree – it’s “The Last Dance” that is the true gem.

    Songs about heartbreak and suicide – and the “last time ever” – well, they *always* get to me.

    If there’s any justice in this world at all – this is the album that will make this band HUGE.

    • vonpip · October 25, 2009

      Couldn’t agree more Dave. Any negative reviews I’ve read seem a bit arsey really or have been done by people who just dont get where the Raves are coming from
      Still thats their loss innit

  5. DaveCromwell · October 25, 2009

    I can’t relate to anyone who doesn’t get this band.

    Have been in their corner since 2003.

    Roll on – Rave on

  6. Sixtysick · October 26, 2009

    a vastly underrated band

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