The Raveonettes released their sixth album, "Observator," earlier this month.
But if Sune Rose Wagner has his way, we may not see another one from the Danish rock duo.
"I love all the songs -- don't get me wrong -- but I think the album format is kind of pointless these days because no one is buying the album," explains Wagner, 39, who formed the Raveonettes 12 years ago in Copenhagen with Sharin Foo. "Everyone is buying the songs, which I do myself, and we're selling songs like crazy. We've never sold songs like this before. So why should we make albums? It seems like a waste of time when you could make be making really powerful songs.
"I was always more interested in the Brill Building kind of idea of writing songs, not albums. Look at Richard Gottehrer, our producer. He wrote 'I Want Candy.' He's made a lot of albums, but how do you think he still pays the rent? 'I Want Candy' -- a song. That's the way to go."
Wagner says that he and Foo "try to make every song as absolutely brilliant as possible, and he's been prolific enough over the years that there are "at least five or six" unreleased Raveonettes albums "and then just a lot of loose songs, too" that he says could be used for solo or other projects. His ideal would be to release them individually or in small groups, but he says he has "to convince a lot of people" to start doing that.
"The whole business side of things starts to go crazy when you talk about doing that," Wagner says. "It's so constructed that it just gets kind of tedious. You sit there and wait and the album finally comes out and the album is old to you. You're talking about something that happened, like, four months ago and you can't even remember what the songs are about.
"I like the idea of being more instantaneous -- do something and put it out the next day. Here it is, take it or leave it. That's how I hope we can start doing it."
The Raveonettes and Melody's Echo Chamber perform Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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