Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo are the Danes behind The Raveonettes – a duo whose distorted doses of dark noise hit like a wave. Their new album Pe’ahi is a flirt with Hawaii – and a story about a sudden death. Bon met the duo during their tour stop in Stockholm.
Photography Frida Vega Salomonsson
Hey Sune, how are you?
– I’m tired and jetlagged, we just came back from our tour in China.
What’s your relationship with fashion?
– I always try to follow along the best I can by reading Dazed & Confused and i-D. I studied fashion history at Parsons in New York city so I’d say I have a healthy interest.
– Rei Kawakubo, Christopher Bailey, Acne Studios, Raf Simons, Junya Watanabe, Alexander McQueen and Elsa Schiaparelli.
Describe your style?
– I have two styles. It’s either casual – jeans, over sized t-shirts, army attire or sweatshirts. If I wanna go more “chic” I go for button-up shirts with a Comme des Garçons knitted cardigan or a slim-fit Burberry Prorsum blazer.
How do you dress on stage?
– I don’t change for the stage, it’s something I learned from Kurt Cobain in the 90’s. I wear what I put on in the morning of show day.
What do you think is the link between music and fashion?
– Music inspires creativity and design, fashion is the badge we wear to proudly identify ourselves and let the world know who we are and what we stand for. It’s the perfect symbiosis.
What do you value most in life?
– My freedom.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever done?
– I convinced myself that every time I go in Californian waters, I’m no more than eight feet from a shark at any given time.
We have to talk about your name, The Raveonettes, all I can think of is Edgar Allen Poe.
– It’s an amalgam of the Buddy Holly song Rave On and girl groups from the early 60’s, The Ronettes, The Marvelettes…
What is your biggest fear?
Your music is like a dark attraction, where does that come from?
– It comes, I tell you, immense with gasoline rags and bits of wire and old bent nails, a dark arriviste, from a dark river within.
What are your musical influences?
– The Everly Brothers, NWA, Suicide, surf music, Jody Reynolds and Notorious BIG.
What was the specific inspiration or mood behind the Pe’ahi album?
– Southern California surf culture, my father’s sudden death and my struggles with depression and adapting to life in Los Angeles.
Why is your album named after a wave?
– Because it’s a very volatile, dangerous and immense wave. People have died there and it reeks of danger and unpredictability just like the album.
Surf guitars, yet it’s probably the most darkest album you’ve ever made – why do you flirt with Hawaii?
– Hawaii is a golden place, steeped in Polynesian heritage but at the same time people struggle with drugs and poverty, on the fringes of society. The beautiful, spiritual culture was savagely stolen from them and replaced with mundane, uninspired, capitalist objects. I feel deeply for the Hawaiians and respect them very much.
What pisses you off?
– Uninspired moments.
What’s the future for The Raveonettes?
– The future is uncertain, the end is always near.