Sunday, December 21, 2008, 01:52 AM ( 861 views ) - Interviews - Posted by dagmarsieglindeThis interview with Sharin Foo originally appeared on Little Radio in 2007 ahead of the Raveonettes' Electric Duo Tour.
Q: Whatís happening with the Electric Duo Tour?
SF: Actually today we were going to Canada but Suneís had his passport stolen. I donít think weíre going to be able to go to Canada, which is really disappointing to me. Then weíre going to do our West Coast part of the tour in June, which weíre really excited about. We did our East Coast tour already and it was so much fun for us to do it this way Ė just the two of us, a stripped down version, to play the songs in a very minimal way.
Q: Iíve been hearing good things about the show. So Suneís passport just disappeared?
SF: Itís vanished.
Q: Thatís horrible.
SF: It is horrible. Itís very strict getting into Canada, itís always difficult, so thereís just no way. Thereís US visas and Canadian visas so weíve been back and forth with the traffic control group and embassies. This is just a classic obstacle which happens occasionally. I was so looking forward to going to Canada and I havenít seen Sune for a while because Iím living in Los Angeles and heís living in New York.
Q: Have you been able to go back to Denmark at all recently?
SF: Itís been a while since I was in Denmark. I think the last time I was there was when we did a show in January. That was the last time we played with a full band with AC (Anders Christensen, bass) and Jakob (HÝyer, drums). I miss Denmark. I miss my family and my friends. Weíve just confirmed a show in August Ė Iíll be in Denmark in the late summer.
Q: I think it was probably a couple of years ago now when you played for the Danish royalty?
S: We played for the Crown Prince when he was getting married to the Tasmanian Princess. We played a big party at the Royal Theatre and it was the first time that they had rock and roll Ė they have classical music there . . . ballet. It was the first time that they had really noisy, really loud rock music. It was fun Ė we enjoyed it.
Q: How have the Raveonettes changed? Last time I saw you here was when you opened for Depeche Mode.
SF: That was a great tour. It feels like a deconstruction time, a rebuilding. There are a lot of unknown factors. We donít know the release time for the next album. Weíre embracing it and focussing on making a really good album and connecting with the people who really enjoy our music. Itís exciting times because itís really basic. Weíre going back to the original reasons we started this band, with just me and Sune, which is really the core of the band. Then weíre building it from there. Thatís really what this tour is about too, just to be the core of this band, going back to what was the original foundation.
Q: Iíve been listening to the new demos up on your myspace page and they sound great. Are you going to focus more on the new things or a mixture?
SF: Weíre definitely going to play some new stuff. Actually weíre going to play a lot of rare songs, b-sides, songs we havenít really played before live, like Sex Donít Sell and Experiment in Black. Weíre doing a couple of cover songs. On the previous tour we did some Gun Club. We havenít really made up our minds on how weíre going to do this next tour. We might even bring some other person to play some drums or we could play with tracks as well. We just have to be creative about it.
Q: Youíre going to love the Triple Door in Seattle.
SF: Weíre trying to play some small intimate venues.
Q: Itís a jazz club. Itís really cool.
SF: Oh wow, thatís exciting. Weíre bringing some good bands too. We have Midnight Movies for main support and then for weekends weíre bringing the Meek and also the Pity Party. Bands that we really love.
Q: Any music youíre studying right now? I know you have a background in studying some unusual music.
SF: You know, yesterday I was practicing playing drums because thatís my new thing when we go on tour. We both play upright drums. Itís really fun to play drums. Iím practicing but I donít have a drum kit so Iíve been practicing on these pillows at home. Thatís the extent of my studying at this point.
Q: Thatís organic.
SF: Yes. And Iím taking guitar lessons because I feel like itís time I really learned how to play the guitar for real, not just faking it all the way through.
Q: Did it embarrass you when Blender had you on the list of the hottest women in rock?
SF: Itís a surreal concept. I was looking at the fellow hottest girls in rock trying to see if I was in good company or bad company. Everyone from PJ Harvey to Christina Aguilera.
Q: It was an interesting group, you were in good company. I have a strange fashion question for you. You always have the perfect eye-makeup. What do you use?
SF: Thank you, a compliment. A liner, black kohl liner on the inside of the eyes always make the eyes pop when youíre on stage. I like the black smoky eyes and lots of mascara.
Q: Is there a particular brand you use?
SF: I use MAC a lot. They have good eye shadow colors. I use different mascaras Ė Chanel, Shu Uemura. Iím getting into playing with colors too Ė like really strong blues and purples.
Q: Yeah I saw some pictures from the East Coast tour and the colors looked very pretty.
SF: Iím kind of lucky because when we do shoots there are always makeup artists and they have good tips. I like it - itís very soothing when someone is paying attention to you, doing your hair or makeup. I just learn from these people Ė theyíre professionals you know.
Q: Whatís your experience like with videos and photos? I love the photos youíve done with SÝren Solkśr Starbird.
SF: Weíve been working with him even before we left Denmark. Heís from the same small town that Suneís from, in the southern part of Denmark. Weíve always enjoyed working with him also because heís a good friend. Itís always nice to hang around with friends and be creative, even though photo shoots are not always necessarily creative. But they can be fun. Video shoots are fun. When we did Attack of the Ghost Riders that was a very low key, do it yourself kind of video. It was another creative outlet for us. Itís tough because you have to work for like eighteen hours a day. I like the work with imagery.
Q: The Raveonettesí videos and photos are works of art too Ė I am always impressed by them. So whatís been your last substantial vintage clothing purchase?
SF: It wasnít actually clothes, it was an office desk. The last clothes purchase Ė I bought this really beautiful vintage dress that I really love. Like a piece of art from the seventies. It has kind of a Russian feel to it. Subtle but beautiful. Itís from a great store in New York called Family Jewels.
Q: Have you ever gotten anything back from those jerks who took your gear in Brooklyn a couple of years ago?
SF: No, nothing was retrieved. We lost everything. After struggling with the insurance company for a year we got some many back and we were able to repurchase some stuff. It was a positive thing in retrospect Ė what came out of it was that when you lose everything youíre forced to be creative about your sound and building it up again. Sune and I started rethinking about what do we really want, what kind of sound, what kind of pedals. . . That was the positive part of a really negative experience. But, no, we never found anything. Maybe one day. I heard that Sonic Youth got a bunch of stuff back six or seven years after they had everything stolen.