'TURGID' was the word used by a friend of mine to
describe the Raveonettes' performance at the Soundhaus
still don't know if it's the right word, but it certainly
conveys the disappointment felt by myself, at least,
after the much-anticipated gig. First we had Nylon
Pylon to contend with, and what a surprise that
As they swaggered on stage, four Mancunians, one wearing
a camouflage anorak, one sporting dungarees and another
shouting 'let's 'ave it!,' my heart sank. Another Oasis
replacement, for sure.
But then they launched into a set of searing guitars,
strangled vocals and surging techno beats which was,
satisfyingly, very, very loud. Like the dungaree-wearing
baby stepbrothers of Primal Scream circa-XTRMNTR and
New Order's trashier moments, Nylon Pylon are on to
a good thing. New single 'Push It' is a Radio 1 playlist
cert, and as soon as they tighten up the less convincing
parts of their set, the will be well on their way to
The Raveonettes, on the other hand, won't have
to try so hard. They already have half the garage-rock-loving
music community drooling over their Danish origins,
their penchant for playing in one 'glorious' chord (Bb
minor for their latest mini-EP), and their sassy vocalist
The other half wisely noted that despite toe-tapping
Wanna Dance and a couple of other vocal-dominated songs,
what the Raveonettes' have to offer is guitars, fuzz
and more fuzz.
Disappointing, uninspiring and frankly not worthy of
the Velvet Underground/Jesus Mary Chain comparisons.
Maybe I caught them on a bad day, or maybe I'm missing
something. Whatever, my humble opinion is unlikely to
stop the great garage-rock hype machine wheels from
turning. Not this time, anyway.