Artists always seem to have very noble reasons for wanting to make an album. And while we know Sune Rose Wagner, one half of the indie-electro-noir band The Raveonettes, probably did too, he also just wanted to hang out with his buddy.
“Sharin [Foo] and I have been friends for 12 years. We don’t live in the same city anymore, so we don’t see each other except for when we’re doing [band] business,” Wagner explains. “By doing stuff like this, which is what we prefer, which is to write music and to record and be creative together, you reconnect again.”
And while they love catching up and rocking out, Wagner also just kind of misses doing, you know, normal things.
“We talk every day, but it’s business,” he explains. “Musicians who think that they’re just going to have a good time and be on the road, they’re mistaken. It’s 80 percent business and 20 percent fun. We go out on the road, but, you know, it would be nice to go to the movies or go out to a nice dinner.”
Tonight, 8 p.m.
The Paradise, 969
Comm. Ave., Boston
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