Jack White’s new alt-garage supergroup the Dead Weather made their splashy television debut last night on Conan, and I think I’m just going to have to come out and say it: I don’t like them. At all.
The few tracks that have leaked from their forthcoming album Horehound (due July 14) struck me as aimless and noisy, and their lifeless performance on Conan did nothing to alter that opinion. A stringy-haired White was relegated to drums, with the Kills frontwoman Alison Mosshart taking center stage for the group’s song “Hang You From the Heavens.”
Mosshart’s got charisma, but the repetitious whirring of the guitars and the track’s obnoxious lyrics did her no favors. (Sample lyric: “I’d like to grab you by the hair and drag you to the devil.” Uh, okaaay.)
As a semi-enthusiastic fan of both the White Stripes and the Raconteurs, my displeasure with the Dead Weather is both disappointing and surprising. There just doesn’t seem to be anything special about their (generic) brand of dark-rock.
But what do you think, Mixers? Do you like the boozy intensity of Jack White’s new band? Or do you prefer him in Stripes or as a Raconteur? Watch the performance below:
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