The Dead Weather

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The Dead Weather
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Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Genres Alternative rock, blues rock, garage rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock
Years active 2009–present
Labels Third Man
Associated acts The Kills, The White Stripes, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, The Greenhornes, The Raconteurs, Hello=Fire, Discount, The Upholsterers, The Waxwings, City and Colour
Website www.thedeadweather.com
Members Alison Mosshart
Dean Fertita
Jack Lawrence
Jack White

The Dead Weather is an American rock band & supergroup, formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009. Composed of Alison Mosshart (of The Kills and Discount), Jack White (of formerly The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes and City and Colour),[1] The Dead Weather debuted at the opening of Third Man Records' Nashville headquarters on March 11, 2009. The band performed live for the first time at the event, immediately before releasing their debut single "Hang You from the Heavens."

The band's second studio album, Sea of Cowards, was released first in Ireland on May 7, 2010, then on May 10 and 11 in the United Kingdom and the United States, respectively. There are plans to release a third album in 2015.

History[edit]

Formation and Horehound[edit]

When The Raconteurs were performing in Memphis, Tennessee, Jack White lost his voice and the band asked Alison Mosshart of The Kills with whom they were touring to fill in on some songs.[2] She sang lead vocals on "Steady as She Goes" and "Salute Your Solution." White later asked her if she would record a song with him and Jack Lawrence. They met Dean Fertita at the studio and they ended up performing more than one song that night.

Ultimately they decided to form a band with Mosshart as their lead singer, Lawrence on bass, Fertita on guitar and keyboard and White on drums. White claims he wanted to play the drums in the band, having rediscovered drumming after playing on a kit on "Another Way to Die" with Alicia Keys. He had played drums as a child, and for Goober & the Peas before forming the White Stripes. White said he felt that playing lead guitar in another band would be too redundant and saw it as an opportunity to do something different.

White and Mosshart performing live at the Glastonbury Festival.

In January 2009, Mosshart, Fertita, Lawrence and White got together for an impromptu jam at White's Third Man studio. The session was followed by two and a half weeks of song writing and recording, during which The Dead Weather formed.[3] "Things just started to happen," said White. "We didn't have a direction. We just went a song a day, two songs a day, whatever we could do and recorded them on the fly... There was no time to think about what it was. It just was."[3]

The Dead Weather's debut album, Horehound, was released on July 14, 2009 in North America, and July 13 in Europe. It entered the U.S. Billboard 200 Album Charts at No. 6 and the UK Album Charts at No. 14. Three tracks from Horehound ("No Hassle Night," "Hang You from the Heavens" and "Treat Me Like Your Mother") were made available as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series on the same day as the North American release.

Jack White co-directed a short documentary about The Dead Weather called "Full Flash Blank." It contains exclusive interviews of the band members and performances of "60 Feet Tall," "I Cut Like A Buffalo" and "Treat Me Like Your Mother." "Full Flash Blank" aired on Channel 4 straight after the showing of "Later . . . With Jools Holland" which featured The Dead Weather performing their first three singles.

Sea of Cowards and future[edit]

On October 16, 2009, Mosshart confirmed that a second album was "halfway done".[4] White later announced that the first single from the new album would be called "Die By The Drop," for which he would sing lead vocals. He commented that it was "bluesier and heavier than we ever thought we could be."

Sea of Cowards was first released on May 7, 2010, in Ireland, and then released on May 10 and May 11 in the U.S. and the U.K. respectively. The album peaked at number five on the Billboard 200,[5] and was placed at number eleven on Rolling Stone's thirty greatest albums of 2010 list.

The song "Rolling in on a Burning Tire" appeared on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse movie soundtrack.

In July 2013, it was reported that Jack White had started writing and recording new material with The Dead Weather.[6] Two new songs, "Open Up (That's Enough)" and "Rough Detective" were released as a 7-inch vinyl single in December 2013 as part of Third Man Records' Vault, a record subscription service.[7] White also confirmed that a new album is set to be released in 2015. The untitled album will be composed of two-song sets published up to the album's release as well as new album-only tracks. The first single was released digitally in January 2014.

Influences and sound[edit]

Both Alison Mosshart and Jack White are heavily influenced by Captain Beefheart and have made several tributes to him in a few songs, similarly to how they covered Beefheart songs in their previous bands. The Dead Weather usually open their acts with an intro of "Sure Nuff 'N' Yes I Do". On the track "Hussle and Cuss", the first line Mosshart sings is "knock on the door and the door knocks back", a clear reference to the Beefheart song "The Dust Blows Forward 'n the Dust Blows Back" (which itself echos T.S.Eliot's line "When the wind blows the water white and black.")

Other influences come from the range of artists that Mosshart listened to when she was growing up. Her own frontwomanship is the result of watching videos of Janis Joplin and Patti Smith. However one of Mossharts favourite bands, Sonic Youth, have a clear influence on the sound of The Dead Weather.

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[8]
CAN
[9]
AUS
[10]
NZ
[11]
NOR
[12]
AUT
[13]
SWI
[14]
FRA
[15]
NL
[16]
UK
[17]
Horehound 6 7 48 24 26 43 14 19 63 14
Sea of Cowards
  • Release date: May 11, 2010
  • Label: Third Man Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
5 6 28 13 11 24 19 30 76 32

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Live at Third Man
Records West
  • Release date: October 30, 2009
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US
Sales
US
Alt
US
Rock
UK
2009 "Hang You from the Heavens" 8 Horehound
"Treat Me Like Your Mother" 40 168
"I Cut Like a Buffalo"
2010 "Die by the Drop" 20 36 154 Sea of Cowards
"Blue Blood Blues"
2013 "Open Up (That's Enough)" Untitled album
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2009 "Hang You from the Heavens" David Swanson
"Treat Me Like Your Mother" Jonathan Glazer
"I Cut Like a Buffalo" Jack White
"Will There Be Enough Water?" David Swanson
2010 "Die by the Drop" Floria Sigismondi
"Blue Blood Blues" Christopher Mills & Tim Wheeler

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Jack White’s new band: The Dead Weather". idiomag. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  2. ^ Keiper, Nicole (March 12, 2009). "Jack White Debuts New Band the Dead Weather: A Full Report From Private Nashville Show". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Rayner, Ben. "The Weather Makers. Interview: The Dead Weather." Toronto Star, 19 July 2009
  4. ^ Greg Cochrane (October 16, 2009). "New Dead Weather LP 'half done'". BBC. 
  5. ^ "The Dead Weather Tell Even More About Sea of Cowards Release". idiomag. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  6. ^ "Jack White records 20 new tracks Release". bigpondnews. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  7. ^ "Vault Platinum Package #18". Third Man Records. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  8. ^ "The Dead Weather Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Dead Weather Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  12. ^ "norwegiancharts.com - Norwegian charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  13. ^ "austriancharts.at - Austria Top 40". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  15. ^ "lescharts.com - French charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  16. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Chart Stats - Dead Weather". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on June 30, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 

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