The Dead Weather
Ever since White Stripes became popular, Jack White has been a perpetual motion machine. With the White Stripes on top of their game, White launched The Raconteurs. He also contributed to the "Cold Mountain" soundtrack - and appeared in the film and performed, with Alicia Keyes, the title track, "Another Way To Die" for the James Bond movie. White has produced albums for every band he's been in and for other artists - most notably Loretta Lynn's '04 album "Van Lear Rose."
The White Stripes' downtime became so extended that Meg White (Jack's ex who he once passed off as his sister) had time to remarry (to the son of the legendary Punk Rocker Patti Smith). So any White Stripes reunion would clearly have to wait, not only for Meg, but also because Jack was involved with The Dead Weather.
The Alt-Rock group formed in Nashville and consisted of vocalist Alison Mosshart (The Kills), guitarist Dean Fertita (Queens Of The Stone Age), bassist Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs) and drummer/vocalist White. Interestingly, White started his career as a drummer in the Alt. Country Goober & The Peas. In The Dead Weather, White also handled guitar - the instrument he played to fame.
The group released their debut, "Horehound," with the single "Hang You From The Heavens," in the summer, '09. On the same day, three tracks ("No Hassle Night", "Hang You From the Heavens", and "Treat Me Like Your Mother") were available as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game. Also to promote the album, White produced a short documentary, Full Flash Blank, with song performances and band interviews. The album made its U.S. debut at #6 on the Billboard chart.
The Dead Weather's "Sea Of Cowards," dropped in May, '10. The sophomore set contained the singles "Gasoline" and "Die By The Drop."
The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 and landed at #11 on Rolling Stone's 30 Greatest Albums of 2010 list. Also, "Rolling In On A Burning Tire" appeared on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse movie soundtrack.
Five years later, the third Dead Weather LP, "Dodge & Burn," containing previously released 7" singles plus eight new tracks, finally arrived. It was a long gestation process.
"Open Up (That's Enough)" and "Rough Detective" were released as a 7-inch vinyl single in '13 as part of Third Man Records' Vault, a record subscription service. "Open Up (That's Enough)" was digitally released in early '14 with "Buzzkill(er), the second single, arriving later that year.
Recorded in Nashville over a year and a half as band members pursued other projects, there were no plans to tour in support the album. But The Dead Weather did perform "I Feel Love" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
2010 Sea Of Cowards
2015 Dodge & Burn
Imagine some of White Stripes more esoteric excursions with Meg White handling vocals. That's the first impression The Dead Weather make. But like any White Stripes album they demand repeated listens. And then you're hooked.