So in 2009 the Raconteurs were on tour, already having played a few shows with Dean Fertita playing some keys. One day before a show in Memphis, Jack’s voice is gone and he needs someone to fill in. They were on tour with the Kills and he asked Alison to fill in for the night, and it went amazingly. Soon he asked her to come jam with him and Jack Lawrence, and they eventually called Dean in, two weeks of intense songwriting later and The Dead Weather is born.
Their debut Horehound, opens with the open “60 Feet Tall” that feels strangely reserved until it burns on intense solos, Mosshart’s vocals drive the track when it’s not bursting at the seams. “Hang You From The Heavens” is an incredibly heavy track with a great but short chorus, but the song’s eargasm comes from an amazing bridge section with drums building to a heavy drop with Mosshart letting out coo’s sounding like a bird. “I Cut Like A Buffalo” is one of the lyrically playful tracks on the album, even the throat clicks are strange. It has a strange dark-reggae vibe and the keyboard just ups the weird factor here, nevertheless it’s unique sound is very addictive.
“So Far From Your Weapon” goes back into the open feel and drives a slow jam, taking its time to build up to its crashing chorus. The band’s shining track comes out in “Treat Me Like Your Mother” the dirty, riff driven track that just teams with electricity. When Jack’s drum starts rolling the song switches gears, lands on a new riff and explodes into a vicious bridge set to the shouting of “M-A-N-I-P-U-LATE” and keeps changing its feel until the end, even grooving for a bit before ending. “Rocking Horse” has a dark-bayou feel to it, running on its light groove and breaking on its OHHH heavy chorus, it’s is one of the trippier songs Jack has recorded in his career.
The album throws in a heavy Bob Dylan cover with “New Pony,” between the heavy sound, explosive solo, Mosshart’s deep voice and the background “how much” vocals the band makes it their own. “3 Birds” is a straight jam, messing with some keyboard sounds and some cool riffs, but it really steps into potential on its middle rushing section.
“No Hassle Night” is a keyboard soaked, heavy, slow jam, but its chorus ups all of this and drenches it in cymbals and distorted slide guitars. “Will There Be Enough Water?” is the last open song on the album playing with piano and some clean guitars for an interesting light song. “Outside” kicks riffs and the crashing drums back in and just plays with the band’s sound over what sounds like a song Jack White wrote for the White Stripes.
Bonus tracks & other content to come.