The Dead Weather: An Indescribable Musical Force
by Nick Black
For those of you who may be unaware, The Dead Weather is a group—or “supergroup” as some have dubbed them—comprised of members from other well-established rock’n’roll acts. To be specific, The Dead Weather is made up of a singer from The Kills; a guitarist from the Queens of the Stone Age; a bassist from The Raconteurs; and, of course, the notorious drummer who is from both the White Stripes and The Raconteurs. (I say ‘of course’ because Jack White from the White Stripes is always mentioned in any piece about The Dead Weather, now including my own.) I initially thought that this band would become another venture turned into an over-hyped disaster a la Velvet Revolver. Thankfully, I was very, very wrong. I heard the album and was immediately taken in by the dirty, rough, southern-bluesy rock that I have now grown to love so much.
I suppose I should preface by saying that I have been avidly attending rock shows for over ten years now. My first was when I was thirteen: My dad took me to the Rolling Stones. Since then I’ve always loved music, and have taken nearly every opportunity I could to go and see a band live. This means that I’ve been to a massive amount of live shows—from DJ’s to heavy metal—pretty much the whole gauntlet. Furthermore, I’ve seen The Kills three times, and The Raconteurs and The White Stripes once, so I knew what to expect from most of the performers I was going to see on Saturday.
That said, I was still blown away. I hate writing that though; it doesn’t come close to truly describing what I felt at the show. As I sit here and write this painful excuse of a glowing review, I listen to the record and still get tingles from remembering that night. At one point I turned to the buddy I was with, and it was like looking in the mirror, his face was as lit up by the performance as mine felt, like a child that’s finally meeting Santa Claus after waiting up all night for him.
I realise this isn’t the review that most people would want: You want me to draw comparisons. What could be expected if you attend a show by The Dead Weather in the future? What is it that makes their live act absolutely, indescribably rad? Well, I just can’t bring myself to tell you; it would de-value the brilliance I saw. Instead, I’ll leave you with this: Saturday was one of the best shows I have ever seen. You simply have to see it for yourself.
I highly suggest checking out The Dead Weather’s music so you can be ready to grab tickets the next time they are in town. Until then, check out the videos of their live acts, the best of which is “Will There Be Enough Water”.