The Dead Weather – The Bowery Ballroom – April 14, 2009April 15th, 2009
Jack White is hard to pin down. He channeled bluesy riffs with the White Stripes, and then moved in a different direction with the Raconteurs’ full-band sound. And now, White’s the drummer in the lean, loud Dead Weather, playing their first public show anywhere, last night at The Bowery Ballroom.
When the Kills opened a few dates for the Raconteurs, the Kills front woman, the captivating Alison Mosshart, and White and Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence recognized a shared musical sensibility. They decided to add Dean Fertita—who plays guitar and keys with the Queens of the Stone Age and had previously toured with the Raconteurs—to the mix to record an album, Horehound, to be released in June.
Live, the Dead Weather have a bold, garage-rock sound that Little Steven would love. They were most engaging when both Mosshart—her voice purring and powerful—and Fertita teamed up on guitar to go along with Lawrence’s thumping basslines and White whaling away on the drums. And although White is a talented drummer, the band really brought the thunder during the last song of the hour-long set, when Lawrence subbed in behind the drum kit, allowing White to move front and center to share a microphone with Mosshart, their faces just inches apart, while his nimble fingers feverishly flew across his guitar. They’re just getting going right now, but do yourself a favor and see the Dead Weather when they begin touring in June. —R. Zizmor
Photos courtesy of Michael Jurick | music.jurick.net