The Raveonettes' Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner (who are neither lovers nor siblings, so stop the obvious White Stripes comparison before it starts) have crafted volcanic pop songs that are equal parts swagger and dread. The guitars are so distortion-drenched they threaten to detonate the speakers, furious chords frequently giving way to riotous rockabilly solos.
The eight songs on Whip It On come off like the soundtrack to the same sweaty nightmare -- one where a gun-wielding Phil Spector is stuck in a studio with Chapterhouse. It's harrowing pop pushed to the breaking point.
The Raveonettes play the Echo Lounge Sat., March 15.