Any fan of Scandinavian culture will know that, like the hours of daylight in that part of the world, all the brightness and levity can be accompanied by a certain darkness. Theirs is a culture of contrasts.
Danish indie duo Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo, aka The Raveonettes, invoke the best of this light and shade in their music. Delicate close harmonies are underlain by traditional rock motifs and, at times, intense modern instrumentation. The lyrical themes are unquestionably dark, frequently dealing with heavy issues including suicide, murder, lust and drugs. It is a heady, hedonistic brew.
The pair has seen four of their five albums to date reach the Danish top five with Chain Gang of Love, the duo's debut 2003 record, charting in the UK just outside the top 40. Sune and Sharin's sixth long-player, Observator, will be released in early September and The Raveonettes will be bringing the new material here later in the autumn.
The Raveonettes kick off their short tour in Leeds on 28th November, followed by dates in Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol, before the final date at Eric's in Liverpool on 5th December 2012.
We have tickets available now, priced £11 to £15, except for Bristol which goes on sale tomorrow, Wednesday 11th July, at 9am.