The Raveonettes, Tamaryn Fitzgerald's April 13, 2011
Oh man, did any of you go to that Tamaryn show Wednesday night at Fitzgerald's? Yeah, we think that The Raveonettes might have been there as well.
First, let's talk Tamaryn. It's a neo shoegaze/dreampop band fronted by the shaggy-haired Tamaryn, originally from New Zealand. Our little brother first put us onto the group sometime in early 2010, specifically to a song called "Mild Confusion."
We listened to their debut EP, The Waves, months after we finally wore out that song. It's a great EP; My Bloody Valentine meets Mazzy Star meets Beach House. Tamaryn's voice sounds like that of Hope Sandoval's - breathy but clear, and just a pitch lower.
The band came to the stage and played songs from The Waves. Tamaryn's hair hung in her face like a veil in front of the microphone. Even though there was an acid-themed backdrop, the entire set made us close our eyes and sway involuntarily back and forth.
There was barely time between songs to warm up to the crowd, with the exception of a quiet, mumbled "thank you" from Tamaryn. Halfway through the set, they played "Dawning," and at that moment we had to pause and look at our brother so we could simultaneously scream out, "SHIT!!!!!!" in typical surprisingly pleased Wagoner fashion.
After the last song, the band simply walked off stage one by one without saying a word or acknowledging the crowd. We wandered around for a while after that, trying to find people who liked the performance as much as we did.
When we got back to our side of the stage, the upstairs had completely filled up. Aftermath noticed that The Raveonettes have a very diverse group of fans. We're pretty sure that we saw at least four 30-plus bro-men rocking Ed Hardy.
The Raveonettes are touring behind the release of their most recent album, Raven In The Grave, which came out earlier this month. We're not really fans of this record yet, but the band ended up playing a few personal favorites, including "Recharge and Revolt", one of the three songs we initially enjoyed from Raven.
Unfortunately for us - not their die-hard fans surrounding us - they stuck to this album for most of their hour-long set. We did get to hear "Lust" from our personal favorite of their LPs, Lust Lust Lust. Also, the annoyingly catchy joint from 2005, "Love In A Trashcan," and "Twilight" from Pretty In Black.
Aside from those songs, everything started to fuse together and sound the same: Dark and loud dance-rock with predictable chord progressions. This might be because the band has been around for almost a decade and have stuck to the same sound for five albums.
Maybe not, though - again, we're not Raveonettes experts, just observers and listeners.
Personal Bias: Opener prevailed over headliner, this time.
The Crowd: Immobile. Even for The Raveonettes. What gives, people?
Overheard In the Crowd: "Whoa, that was like, so psychedelic, man." Also, "I think it's the Tourette's." We didn't ask the dude to expand on that one, just took it for face value.
Random Notebook Dump: We ripped a hole in our dress.
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.