By Andrew Brassington
Novocastrian dance rockers RAAVE TAPES have dropped their latest single titled ‘2 U xoxo’ hot off the bat from their self-titled debut EP and appearances at festivals like This That and Mountain Sounds.
‘2 U xoxo’ is 2 minutes and 45 seconds of gritty dark dance topped with a dynamic earwormy chorus. RAAVE TAPES make music in the vein of dance punk conossieurs like Death From Above 1979, DZ Deathrays and Crystal Castles and are often referred to around town as ‘EDM on guitars’. Armed with enough guitar effect pedals to cover a king sized bed, frontman Joab Eastley sings in flamboyant bursts about modern dating and how annoying it is that good looking people don’t have to be able to dance.
You can catch RAAVE TAPES tearing it up live over the next two months (dates below) and hear ‘2 U xoxo’ right here.
‘2 U XOXO’ TOUR
SAT 18 FEB | MOUNTAIN SOUNDS FESTIVAL, CENTRAL COAST NSW
SAT 25 FEB | LOWBROW GALLERY BAR, CANBERRA ACT
SUN 26 FEB | NORTH WOLLONGONG HOTEL, WOLLONGONG NSW
w/ Winston Surfshirt
FRI 10 MAR | BREWCASTLE #3 @ BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD
SAT 11 MAR | INCEST FEST @ MIAMI SHARK BAR, GOLD COAST QLD
THU 16 MAR | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW
w/ White Blanks
SUN 19 MAR | DING DONG LOUNGE, MELBOURNE VIC
FRI 24 MAR | THE CROWN & ANCHOR, ADELAIDE SA
THU 30 MAR | SNAKEPIT @ PROUD MARY’S, CENTRAL COAST NSW
w/ Luca Brasi
FRI 31 MAR | SECRET SHOW, NSW