The Raveonettes - Whip It On (Cover Artwork)

The Raveonettes

Whip It On (2002)

Crunchy Frog

For a number of reasons, people will probably classify the Raveonettes as a White Stripes knock-off band - the band's a two-piece, and it's one man and one woman. But that's too bad, because while the Raveonettes may share some similarities with Jack and Meg, they're definitely not copycats.

While the Raveonettes music is based in rather simplistic riffs (in fact, the Danish band adopted Dogme 95 style ethos towards producing the album, writing all the songs in the same key and using no more than three chords per song), there is a hell of a lot going on in the background.

The Raveonettes appear to have drawn equally from minimal garage rock, shoegazer and drone rock. What this means is that while each song is up front with riffs that grab you and pull you in, it's really the background noise that makes the song.

Drum machines get mixed in with general blocks of noise and feedback to make this the most atmospheric garage album I've heard.

"Whip It On" could just as easily be recommended to fans of the Stripes as it could to fans of My Bloody Valentine or Swervedriver. The Raveonettes are definitely a band to watch out for in the 2k3.