The Unkindness Of Ravens are Nina Wagner (vocals) and Ben Raine (bass/vocals), backed by stripped down lo-fi electro beats with inspiration taken from Sonic Youth, Comets On Fire, The White Stripes, Nirvana, Radiohead, Leftfield, Black Keys, Liars, Velvet Underground, Future Sound Of London, UNKLE, Interpol, Prodigy and The Beatles.
The band have been making music for a year and hail from North East London. They combine garage rock riffs with raw dance beats to create dark futuristic guitar music. Their songs cover the issues of longing, desire, and wonder whereas their live show incorporates psychedelic wireframe projections and strobes. The band have spent the last year rapidly making a name for ourselves as an innovative, artistic live act that kicks out more noise than many four/ five piece bands. Their recordings are faithful to their live sound and do not record overdubs. The guitar is a bass played through a secret arsenal of poly-octave generators, fuzz boxes, and delays. They are heavily influenced by minimalism, cinema and futurism. The band have been gigging across North & East London in all the usual dives but have recently been approached to play the Barfly and 02 Islington Academy.
The Unkindness of Ravens have taken a big DIY approach to their debut double A-side single, which was recorded and produced by the band in Ben’s Hackney flat. Live favourite, ‘Yours Forever But Not To Hold’, is a song about longing, the verses sing of deep, futile love, while the chorus, “Escape the sound I don't know how”, portrays a sense of wonder, and willingness to give in to abstract desire.
'Accelerator' is raw and dirty with a feel good and elegantly wasted vibe, and was co-incidently written on the 242 bus. The video for the single can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=CosIWLbgTGs
The bands’ records are best played loud and can be listened to at www.myspace.com/theunkindnessofravens