Standing at the front of Music Hall of Williamsburg stage on Thursday evening ensured I would see The Raveonettes in action first hand. This was a band that has caught my interest through various facebook murmurs I would notice amongst my peers and colleagues. The main consensus that was going around was that they band were awesome and a must see live.
Opening up for the band were Tamaryn, a low-fi indie band who submersed themselves in utter darkness as abstract images projected behind them (think the equalizer on iTunes). Watching the band perform felt like unraveling a box and finding more cool stuff as you went along. Tracks such as Light Shadows and Mild Confusion kept the crowd’s attention fixated as the bands guitarist used his charm and coy smile to showcase a lighter side to the band.
After their set the stage monitors were moved to provide more room to the members of The Raveonettes. For those not familiar with the bands set up you can always expect two microphones to occupy the middle-right and middle-left portions of the stage for guitarist/vocalist Sune Rose Wagner and bassist/vocalist Sharin Foo, also behind them will be bass drums at the opposite ends of the stage for two people. Along with lines of light and the phrase “Rave” and “On” spray painted on to the intrigue from my mind grew.
The band took the stage, Wagner with a quick run to quickly begin messing with his pedal bored and Foo took less than two seconds to begin plucking away on her Fender bass. The set that followed were low toned tracks showcased with single color light patterns of dark blue and purple. Wagner would bend his knees and slam his hands onto his guitar while stretching his body to touch his mic stand. Foo sported a smile towards the sold out crowd all night as she strutted forward and backward despite her legs being constrained by a dress.
The presence the band presented was impressive, they were loud when they needed to be and ambiguous in their tones as well. The backup drummers really kept the night going and the energy up, allowing for the main members (Foo and Wagner) to spring more surprises on the Williamsburg crowd.
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