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Artist: The Dead Weather
Hails From: Michigan; Florida
Musical Style: Pop/Rock; Garage Rock; Alternative Rock
For Fans of: White Stripes, Raconteurs, Black Keys
Why you should check them out:
Don’t be frightened by the specter of yet another supergroup: The Dead Weather manages to sound more like a group of pals jamming in the garage late into the night, messing around with deep groves and trading off freestyling, heartfelt lyrics. Kind of like your old high school band on steroids.
The Dead Weather is like an improvised recipe: throw in a pinch of White Stripes bluesiness (Jack White on drums), a skosh of Kills punk (singer Alison Mosshart), a healthy portion of Raconteurs swagger (bassist Jack Lawrence), and a dash of Queens of the Stone Age riffage (guitarist Dean Fertita), and see what shakes out.
For the most part, the experiment works. The band’s recently-released debut, Horehounds, contains some tasty moments of real symmetry, as on the dark, writhing “Hang You from the Heavens” or the album’s energized lead track, “60 Feet Tall.” Other times, things come off a little bland, as on instrumental track “3 Birds.” Jack White’s propulsive drumming (he returned to his original instrument for this project) and Mosshart’s primal, guttural vocals take the lead on many of the eleven cuts.
Overall, The Dead Weather manages to kick out the jams pretty effectively, and their early output never betrays a sense that the collective is not thoroughly whole-hog into the project. The band gets it done through incorporating the best bits of their record collections—from garage and psychedelia to punk and blues—and by having a blast doing it.
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