The Unkindness of Ravens are the hardest working underground electro-rock duo on the scene. After two prolific years of releases, videos and live shows Nina Wagner (vox) and Ben Raine (bass & vox) release their debut album Virus on Sonic Fire Records.
To celebrate the release of the album, the band have released the video for the album track "The Spaces Inbetween", which is available to view now on YouTube. Ben mentions that the song is about an ex-girlfriend: "We had the most messed up on-off thing for so long, but it gave me a lot of fuel to write about." The dark and fetishistic style of the video was inspired by Pam Hogg’s fetish fashion designs. "I’ve been wanting to do something with bondage tape for quite some time now, so this really is the result of all these elements combined," front woman Nina notes.
The album itself begins with "Viper” and “Virus” – previously released as a double a-side single. “Viper” is hard hitting, with those familiar driving beats pounding through your chest. “Virus” is almost tribal, yet this feels like the sound of the future. The second, most recent, single taken from the album, “Last Call For The River”, features Ravens signature sound of hypnotic, pumping beats supported by Ben’s cacophonous bass lines and Nina’s sexy, sultry vocals.
By the time you reach the last half of the album, the music changes pace showing a more intimate side to their songwriting. “Das Gift” is a gorgeous display of Nina’s seductive vocals. “White Road” and “Yours Forever But Not To Hold” is another glimpse into the real heart of the band. These songs are full of melody and add a touch of intimacy to their usually beat vs bass heavy sound. Their songs are about love, longing and self-discovery and by the time the album concludes you’ll feel you’ve taken this intimate journey with them.
These last few years have seen Nina and Ben release a slew of singles – Dead Air and White Road culminated with the band’s first EP release in 2010, I Used To Be So Pretty. Excellent reviews and coverage followed from magazines like Rock Sound to Artrocker and an array of features online on Clash, NYLON and The 405. Following on from this success, the band wrote and recorded most of the album whilst living and gigging in Berlin, DJ-ing and playing shows for Berlin Fashion Week. The double a-side single Viper | Virus followed, the videos for which appeared on NME and Artrocker.
The Unkindness of Ravens are one of the UK’s most exciting prospects, blending genres and styles and forever trying to push their own boundaries, which every creative band should. Virus is out now on Sonic Fire Records and available to buy from iTunes or the band’s Bandcamp page, where you can also stream the album.
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"Genuine contenders for being one of the best underground electro bands out there at the moment…" – Artrocker Magazine