Sharin Foo, singer and bass player, talks Twin Peaks, leaving Denmark for the US, and having no culture. Sharin Foo is in a van on her way to Canada for “work, work, work”. You’d think she had a gruelling job by the tone in her voice. The stunning blonde Dane is actually the singer/bass player for band The Raveonettes. On her way to Toronto and Montreal to play shows off the back of new record Lust Lust Lust, she’s passing the time watching Twin Peaks. So who killed Laura Palmer? “It was her dad, but he was inhabited by an evil spirit,” she says. The Raveonettes are kinda like the town of Twin Peaks, below the surface of an All-American facade full of homecoming queens and bikers lies something more sinister. Previous records Whip It On, Chain Gang Of Love and Pretty in Black were influenced by Buddy Holly and The Ronettes with tales of teen rebellion. But on Lust Lust Lust the sinister rises to the surface. “Lust Lust Lust is probably our darkest album to date. It’s intimate yet noisy and intense.”
Pretty In Black was a homage to ’50s and ’60s artists and American, nostalgia. Did you have a theme for this album? No, not really. I think its theme is more personal, more reflection. I would say it’s a documentary rather than fiction. Even Pretty In Black wasn’t meant to be a homage to the past, it embraced technology which we always do. I guess our inspiration came from people who collaborated with us: Ronnie Spector, Maureen Tucker and Martin Rev (of Velvet Underground), so we were paying tribute to our inspiration.
Your first two albums were recorded entirely in B flat. You broadened your range on Pretty In Black. Do you feel Lust Lust Lust is even more open? It’s not a conscious decision to do something a specific way. I mean, not for this album, and it wasn’t for Pretty in Black either. I guess Whip It On and Chain Gang of Love had guidelines which were the one key, three chords, stuff like that. For this album there was no specific guidelines but there was a very minimal approach and that’s the very natural approach. That’s just the way it’s turned out.
You have moved from Denmark to the USA. What is it about living in America that fascinates you? There’s something fascinating about living in a country that is so big, when coming from Denmark. There’s a feeling of space and something spectacular which is unusual when you’re from a small country of five million people in Scandinavia.
You’ve been to Australia before. Did you get to experience the large landmass that is Australia? The only experience was flying for a long time to Perth, like flying across the US. We were working so hard we didn’t get to embrace the whole travel feeling.
Where was the first place you travelled to without your parents? I went to China, but with my grandparents when I was 12 years old. My grandfather is Chinese. We went to visit the family.
Any culture shock? I was still a little girl but I don’t know if I had any culture to get a culture shock. It was very chaotic, but I’ve been to China six or seven times now so I’m used it.
How do you get a feel for a particular city when you’re travelling? It depends on what city it is. I like to be able to walk around and get a vibe. Ask people you meet and the people at the hotel where their favourite place to go is.
Lust Lust Lust is out now on Amphead.
The Raveonettes play Brisbane’s The Zoo Wednesday 16 April – tix $37+bf at http://www.thezoo.com.au, Sydney’s Oxford Arts Factory Thursday 17 – tix at http://www.moshtix.com.au and Melbourne’s HiFi Bar April 18 tix at http://www.thehificom.au. Visit http://www.chuggentertainment.com for more info.