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Jack White & Alison Mosshart form supergroup ‘The Dead Weather’

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The new supergroup includes Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age and Jack Lawrence of The Greenhornes with Jack White on drums.

Story from NY Times

The Dead Weather, with, from left, Jack White, Alison Mosshart and Jack Lawrence performing on Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.

by Christopher Berkey
The New York Times
12 March 09

Nashville — The invitation indicated only that the party on Wednesday night here was the “grand opening of Third Man Records.” But the 150 fans, friends and members of the media who showed up to the small warehouse in an industrial section of Nashville were given more than a tour of Jack White’s new label offices – they were present for the announcement and the debut of Mr. White’s new band, the Dead Weather.

In his primary group, the White Stripes, Mr. White is known as one of rock’s finest guitarists. In the new band, though, he plays drums. Alison Mosshart, of the London-based duo the Kills, is the lead singer; Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age plays guitar; and Jack Lawrence, from Mr. White’s other band, the Raconteurs, is the bassist. The 11 songs on the “Horehound” album – 10 originals and a yowling cover of Bob Dylan’s “New Pony” – are spare and sexy, with vocals often distorted or submerged beneath grinding, snaky rhythms. (The first single, “Hang You From the Heavens,” was immediately made available on iTunes; the full album will be released in June.)

The five-song set the Dead Weather performed in the small space at the rear of the offices had a garage-blues feel, more physical than the recordings. “Tonight was the first time I played drums on stage since I was a teenager,” Jack White said in an interview after the show. “I wanted to look at the music from a new angle, and it gets me back to the structure of how songs are created.”

Nashville royalty like Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride joined the party, and White Stripes fans needn’t fret: Meg White was there too, smiling.

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March 18, 2009 - Posted by | Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita, Jack White, The Dead Weather, _MUSIC

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