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Q & A with Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner

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Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo are The Raveonettes. The Danish duo was first discovered at SPOT Festival in Denmark by long-time Rolling Stone editor David Fricke and will return to a festival stage on Friday, April 26 at Austin Psych Fest.

Raveonettes career started with a two-million-dollar contract with Columbia Records, which included the release of debut album Chain Gang of Love in 2003 and Pretty in Black in 2005. The band went on to sign with Vice Records and in September 2012, released its sixth full-length Observator.

Read The Spec‘s recent interview with Sune Rose Wagner below, and stay in tune with all our APF coverage here

Observator was largely based on your observations of others, where do you normally draw inspiration for your work — instrumentally and lyrically?
Well, it was primarily based on my personal observations of life and especially love. I just write whatever comes to mind in that certain moment in time. I draw inspiration from my mood really and trust me it changes dramatically from day from day.

You’re known for having dark lyrics, and have said in interviews that songwriting is a major focus, what do you hope that people take from your lyrical content or your music in general?
I’m not sure. I write about my own experiences most of the time and if people can get a kick out of that or help them in their daily lives then I’m totally cool with that.

Are you still working on the hip-hop project The Sound of New York? Can you tell us more about that?
It’s not really a hip-hop project but it has hip-hop elements as well as doo-wop and new wave, all the good stuff that came out of NYC. I’m writing songs for it right now.

You’re a big fan of hip-hop music and cinema. Can you recommend a few works or people in those realms that our readers should check out?
I always loved Eric B & Rakim, Schooly D, Geto Boys, etc…Terrence Malick, Billy Wilder, John Houston.

What about The Doors’ / Jim Morrison’s legacy resonates with you the most?
Incredible band, amazing and innovative musicians and I’ve always had a major crush on Jim Morrison. “The End” is one of my all time favorite songs, simply stunning.

What is the media, or your fans’, biggest misconception about your music?
That we’re a super retro band. We’ve always recorded everything with computers, drum machines, etc. We don’t play vintage guitars or anything either. We’re very much here now.

Any plans for a new album in the coming years?
No plans as of yet, but I love writing songs so I’m sure something will happen very soon.

You’ve been in the business for 10 years now, what do you think has changed the most over that time in your performing and/or songwriting process?
Nothing really. I still work in the same manner and probably always will.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing/playing with at Psych Fest?
Uh, too many to mention Warpaint, Black Angels, BRMC, Acid Mother’s Temple, etc, etc, etc, etc…

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