When you release albums as consistently as the Raveonettes do, inspiration is paramount. For their latest, “Observator,” the Danish rock duo of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo found it in an unlikely place: the sun and sand of California. Ahead of the Raveonettes’ show at the Paradise Rock Club this weekend, we asked Wagner to tell us the story behind five songs from the new record.
1. “She Owns the Streets” “That’s inspired by a New York street dancer. I met her at a Black Keys show at Madison Square Garden through a mutual friend. The next day I had lunch with her because I was intrigued by her crazy dancing. I wrote the song for her. I didn’t mean for it to be a Raveonettes song. Then I played it for Sharin, and she really liked it and felt we should put it on the album.”
2. “Observations” “Sometimes you sit down at the piano, and here comes a song, and that’s it.”
3. “Curse the Night” “It goes back to my old love of hip-hop music. That’s the music I grew up with. I miss those days a lot because musically and artistically it was the most exciting time of my life. My No. 1 love of music is hip-hop. My No. 2 is ’50s/’60s music. And then everything else after that.”
4. “You Hit Me (I’m Down)” “That’s an older song we had lying around. I had a different song that I preferred over ‘You Hit Me (I’m Down)’ for the album. But I’m cool with it.”
5. “Young and Cold”
“It’s the only song that we wrote as we were in the studio just because we felt like we needed a different kind of song on the record. I never write in the studio. I always write at home. Writer’s block? I don’t even know what that means. We seriously have many unreleased Raveonettes albums. You’ve only seen half of it.”
The Raveonettes perform at Paradise Rock Club Sunday,9 p.m. Tickets: $16.50. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com