Raveonettes 11.12 show @ Belly Up
Danish rock duo The Raveonettes stopped at Solano Beach’s Belly Up Thursday. The band is on tour for their new album In and Out of Control [Vice] released in early October. Its found both critical and chart success. After their stop in Solano Beach, the Raveonettes have two remaining shows in Southern California before heading back to Denmark for a few dates.
The group brought their blend of harmonies, fuzz noise and solid rock ‘n roll to the show. Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo shared the vocal duties, utilizing a good balance in harmonies between the male and female lead singers, respectively. The Raveonettes pulled off a usage of heavier, fuzz rock guitar noise that could’ve become washed out but was able to create a multi-layered instrumental backing to the duo’s vocals. The sound worked well in Belly-Up, and had great bass and depth but never became too overbearing or drowned out. Their light show was an excellent addition to the music. Their darker sound built up to 50’s esque pop themed choruses. The light show occasionally featured strobbing white lights during these choruses, during which the band was entirely eclipsed by the light except for silhouettes.
Unfortunately, the crowd took a bit away from the show. Some rowdier, inattentive crowd members got in an argument which warranted security jostling up listeners. While this mostly just affected the opening bands, the crowd was relatively noisy at the start of the Raveonettes set. Luckily their large sound and heavy guitars did well to combat that. Overall, they put on a stellar set that but was a good exposition of their sound. I was definitely impressed.