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Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes

Birds of a Feather

The Raveonettes had a banner year in 2008: The duo’s third LP Lust Lust Lust was released in the U.S. with positive reviews across the board, Sharin Foo had a child, Sune Rose Wagner released his first solo album, and they both closed the year with a series of four EPs. The band greets 2009 with a brief tour before retreating to plot their next release. They stop in San Francisco for a show at Bimbo’s on January 23rd. Wagner spoke with SF Station during a phone interview from New York.

SF Station (SFS): What do you have planned for the album you are getting ready to work on?

Sune Rose Wagner (SRW): We plan on having a producer and going to a studio this time -- basically, everything that we haven’t done for a long time. We are going to spend a lot of time concentrating on the album, and I don’t think we are going to do any more touring until it comes out.

SFS: How do you prepare to make an album?

SRW: First off, Sharin and I need to have basic creative talks about what we are looking for and what music we like now, inspirations and lyrical themes. When we are done with that, I will sit down and write as many songs as possible. I will send them to Sharin and we will go back and forth to figure out what we like and don’t like. Hopefully, by that time we will have a good producer.

SFS: How will a producer change the process?

SRW: I think it will be good because I am the only songwriter and it is sometimes hard to know if I could be doing something better or different. That is when a producer comes in handy. They can make suggestions with ideas and arrangements for a song. If you find the right person for it, I think it’s a really good thing.

SFS: You often cite films as an inspiration for your music. Have you ever considered getting involved with that medium?

SRW: No, not really. I tried to write some screenplays back in the day, but I couldn’t concentrate on it too much. If I were to do anything with film, it would be scoring or screen plays. I’m not really concentrating on that because I am enjoying the music part of my life.

SFS: 2008 was a big year for you. Does anything stand out as a highlight?

SRW: I think the whole year was a highlight. We released Lust Lust Lust, four EPs and I did my own solo record. I think it was a very prolific year, and we did some good touring in the summertime.

SFS: One of your EPs was a collection of remixes. Are you a fan of that format?

SRW: I’m not really a fan of remixes, but I understand that it’s something that people want and it’s good to have for DJs to play. It’s a good live club medium, but I don’t really listen to remixes much unless I find them really, really interesting. I think most of them sound like they were done too fast.

SFS: What do you think about the remixes of your songs?

SRW: I’m excited about because some of them were done by friends of ours and musicians I really respect and admire. It was a huge honor that Nic Endo from Atari Teenage Riot wanted to do a remix, and I love the one she did. Trentmøeller is a really good friend of ours, and he is such a genius with music. His remixes are always very interesting.

SFS: I’m disappointed that I missed the release of your Christmas EP. Now that the holiday is over, I don’t know if I can handle any more Christmas.

SRW: You can still listen to it. Some of the songs aren’t really that Christmas-y if you think about it. There’s a song called “Christmas in Cleveland,” and it’s really not about Christmas at all. It’s basically just a tribute to Buddy Holly. It was written around the time we did the big Buddy Holly tribute show at the rock ’n’ roll hall of fame in Cleveland. It was near Christmastime, but that is really the only connection to it. We twisted the Christmas theme around a little bit.

The Raveonettes perform at Bimbo’s on January 23rd. Tickets are $20. Doors open 8pm and the show starts at 9pm.