I’m not afraid to say that I love Jack White. Not in a gay way, just in a “everything this guy does turns out to be awesome” kind of way. So a few months back, when I heard that White had formed yet another band and was getting ready to put out an album, I was understandably excited. The single that accompanied the announcement, “Hang You From the Heavens”, was brash, raw, and exciting. There was a lot of The White Stripes in it, but having a female singer (Alison Mosshart from The Kills) gave it a different twist. Ultimately what the single did was frustrate me. It felt like a cruel tease since the full album wasn’t due for four months. Now those months have gone by, and Horehound is out, and the time has come to figure out if White has struck gold once again. Will The Dead Weather add to his string of hits, or will it spell his first true miss as a musician?
Hit, hit, hit, hit, hit. White has assembled a crack crew of musicians, and they fit together perfectly. In addition to Mosshart, he has Queen of the Stone Age’s Dean Fertita on guitar and fellow Raconteur Jack Lawrence on bass. Notice a hole there? That’s right, no drummer. That’s where Jack White comes in. He fills Meg’s role perfectly, adding a strong, driving presence to the proceedings. He shares the vocal duties with Mosshart, and the pair play off each other perfectly. Fertita’s guitars are big, bold, and dirty. And Lawrence’s bass adds the thump the White Stripes are always missing. The end result is a sound that’s immense without being overly complicated. The kind of sound that’s best left to experience, not description. So turn your speakers WAY up and let’s listen:
The drums are loud. The bass is fuzzed out. And the guitars are overdriven. In other words, it’s plain-old Rock ‘n Fucking Roll.
I’ve never heard anything quite like this song. It’s got a staccato bass line, heavy tremelo guitars, and kind of a garage rock Spaghetti Western vibe. A bunch of elements that shouldn’t mix. But they do. Really, really well.
“Treat Me Like Your Mother”
“Hang You From the Heavens”