The Raveonettes’ Sharin Foo talks touring, nerves, being a duo, and opening for Iggy Pop

The Raveonettes are, by far, Denmark’s coolest export. The alt-rock duo is comprised of Sune Rose Wagner (who juggles guitar, vocals, and an array of other instruments, as needed) and Sharin Foo (who reigns over bass, guitar, and vocals.) October of 2009 saw the release of their fourth full-length album, In And Out Of Control, which was then followed by a string of live shows (and now, worldwide festival gigs). I caught up with Sharin in Toronto, during the NXNE festival, on the morning of The Raveonettes’ rocking gig, which saw them open up for Iggy and the Stooges in Yonge-Dundas Square.

Q: You’re scheduled to play a bunch of summer festivals all around the world, do you enjoy the traveling, or does it get tiring?

A: No, I like it actually. I actually do like playing only one, or two, or three shows; it’s really exciting. The traveling can be a little tiresome, jetlag and that kind of stuff, but I find touring can be a little harder sometimes because it’s so monotonous. You have to play five, six shows in a row and it’s harder to find that sort of excitement. So, actually, I do like doing the [dispersed] shows. It can be a little more terrifying because maybe it’s like a week or two since we played, and you’re like “oh, okay!,” but yeah, it’s fun.

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Didium, the mastermind behind Denmark’s “Didium and The Black Bonnie Picture”, shares his musical loves, inspirations and greatest aspirations

You may have read my ramblings about Didium and The Black Bonnie Picture before, in relation to their debut album Whimsical Beauty, which was a beautifully written, performed and produced piece of musical art relating to the life and loves of Didium. Now, this brilliant Danish Indie Pop collective have teamed up with Paul Schroeder to deliver their second album, A Valley, which we be released May 1st.

Didium and The Black Bonnie Picture started out in Denmark, back in 2006, as a seven piece act with a set-up resembling Dexys Midnight Runners and their characteristic blend of violin and saxophone. Members of the band have come and gone throughout the years, but the set up remains unchanged and gives the band a special style of pop music. Twenty-four year old Didium’s dark baritone tells stories of loss, loneliness, lust and love with an undercurrent twist of irony, giving the stories a life and soul of their own.

The band’s first album was released in the beginning of 2009 in Denmark and the Benelux countries. This year, their follow-up, A Valley, will come out worldwide and will be the first release on Schroeder’s own indie record label, Sureleaf. Before the actual release Didium and The Black Bonnie Picture released a four track EP, with songs from the upcoming album (free streaming here). See what Didium had to say in this exclusive R&RR interview.
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