Photo: Liv Jansons
Newcastle’s RAAVE TAPES have swiftly been winning over listeners across the country with their impeccably vibrant brand of dance-rock. Today, the now-duo return with Red Flag – an offering that showcases a side of the act that is a lot more RAAVE, and a little less tape.
Red Flag was born out of the duo’s shared and all-too-common experiences of needing to use self-preservation tactics to avoid, yet appease, unwanted advances or encounters.
“One person’s lack of awareness, or deliberate disregard for boundaries can ruin your night, or have lasting impacts,” says guitarist Joab Eastley. “These experiences can range from frustrating and irritating, to completely terrifying.”
“As we wrote the song, the themes naturally led to Lindsay taking on more lead vocal duties than she had in the past.”
The change in sonic direction was the result of a newfound harmonic collaboration between the band and producer Fletcher Matthews, who encouraged the duo to delve into the dark and effervescent soundscapes on Red Flag.
RAAVE TAPES bubble with a shimmering darkness, fusing genres to create a niche yet nostalgic sonic landscape. With an undeniably captivating catalogue of tunes, dance-rock architects Lindsay O’Connell and Joab Eastley return to carve out a refreshing place for fans of the likes of The Presets, Northeast Party House, Bloc Party, and Charli XCX to enjoy.
The now-duo boast a bright list of live achievements, including a sold out 800 capacity hometown show, showcasing to packed rooms at BIGSOUND, festival appearances at Groovin’ The Moo, Yours & Owls, Mountain Sounds, The HIlls Are Alive, Best Night Ever, Festival Of The Sun, a co-headline spot at Mountain Goat Valley Crawl and tours with Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and These New South Whales.
With their first release of 2020 showing more RAAVE, less tape, this year is set to deliver surprise after surprise from the duo.
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