General Info Members: Jack White (Drums/Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys), Allison Mosshart (Lead Vocals), Jack Lawrence (Bass/Keys/Backing Vocals/Drums), Dean Fertita (Guitar/Backing Vocals/Keys) Biography: In January of 2009, Fertita, White, Lawrence, and Mosshart gathered at White's studio, Third Man Records, in Nashville, Tennessee to play together. After some time, chemistry began to sink in between the musicians and they began to write and record. Their first album, "Horehound," released in July of that year, reaching #6 on the charts in North America. Soon after, in October, Mosshart confirmed that the new albumwas "halfway done." On May 10th, 2010, the second album, Sea of Cowards was released. Major Discography:
The first album released by The Dead Weather, Horehound, reached #6 on the charts, featuring singles: "Hang You From the Heavens," "I Cut Like a Buffalo," and "Treat Me Like Your Mother." "Horehound" is a grungy-glues storm of an album. It was released on July 14, 2009, and was recorded at Jack White's Third Man Studios in only three weeks. It had a much darker feel than most of White's earlier work. Showcasing Mosshart's ferocious vocals, Lawrence's beefy bass lines, and Fertita's destructive guitar buzz, it departed from White's traditional style, and featured almost no radio-friendly hits.
SEA OF COWARDS:
The follow-up to "Horehound," "Sea of Cowards" brought another dose of brutal, buzzed-out, blues. It showcased White and Mosshart's dueling vocals more than "Horehound," and had sludgy bass-riffs galore. Pre-release, the band decided to stream the album, in it's vinyl form, in it's entirety on NPR, as well as many other websites. It was released on Third Man Records on May 11th, 2010.
Sounds Like: Genre: Alt. Blues Rock That's all I'm going to put in this section. It's hard to compare The Dead Weather to anyone, in all honesty. The closest band I can think of on the lineup is The Black Keys, but you should really judge for yourself.
Suggested Listening: You can't go wrong. Either of the two albums are fantastic, but for newbies, I'd settle in with a few hits of Horehound before delving into Sea of Cowards.
Physical Reaction/Live Show: It will be hard not to get sucked into the tension Mosshart displays on stage, with her fierce movements and voice, she'll make you feel like you're being attacked, but you'll enjoy every second of it. The tension between Jack and Allison is really a spectacle, sharing a microphone, and almost showing romance, or hatred, between the two. Get ready to thrash, mosh, and please, don't just stand there. They're usually accompanied by blue lighting, though that usually applies to club settings, where they are generally better received. They are very theatrical, and you will get sucked into their show.
Personal Notes: Following his precedent, Jack will put on an incredible show, even if you don't know all the songs. It's going to be a party, and one I wouldn't recommend missing out on. See you there.