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The Dead Weather

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Biography

Born as a one-off collaboration between friends and tourmates, The Dead Weather has since evolved into one of the most vital and provocative bands in contemporary rock ‘n’ roll. Together Jack White, Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita, and Jack Lawrence have created a dark magic all their own, a heady brew of melding heavy riffs, thick beats, and blues snarl with raw soul power and unrelenting sexual energy. “DODGE AND BURN” – the band’s third album and first full-length release in five years – sees The Dead Weather pushing their creative line of attack to its very limits on ferocious tracks like “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” and the brutally beautiful “Buzzkill(er).”

Recorded in Nashville during breaks in each member’s ever-busy schedules, “DODGE AND BURN” was heralded back in October 2013 as the band and Third Man Records announced an innovative long-term plan that would see a series of Dead Weather 7-inch singles released in the year and a half leading up the album’s 2015 release. First out of the gate was “Open Up (That’s Enough)” b/w “Rough Detective,” released in January 2014 and followed in November by “Buzzkill(er)” b/w “It’s Just Too Bad,” the physical versions of both available exclusively via The Vault, Third Man’s one-of-a-kind subscription mail-order service.  All four tracks are featured on “DODGE AND BURN,” remixed and remastered to sound as fierce and full-on as the album’s eight other new Dead Weather songs.

The Dead Weather first united after Alison Mosshart’s band The Kills supported Jack White and Jack Lawrence’s band The Raconteurs on a string of North American dates. The trio followed the tour with a few informal recording sessions at White’s famed Third Man studio, soon augmented by Raconteurs collaborator/Queens of the Stone Age multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita. The result proved extraordinary – The Dead Weather’s debut album, “HOREHOUND,” arrived in July 2009 to worldwide critical acclaim and a top 10 Billboard 200 chart debut. The four musicians celebrated the release with a 23-date North American tour before reconvening at Third Man in December for three further weeks of writing and recording.

Released less than a year after their debut, “SEA OF COWARDS” made it abundantly clear The Dead Weather had become more than a side project — White, Mosshart, Lawrence, and Fertita were now a band. Ultimately named among the top 15 on Rolling Stone’s “30 Best Albums of 2010,” “SEA OF COWARDS” drew rave reviews for its aggressive songcraft and overwhelming intensity, as did a worldwide tour highlighted by sold out headline dates and showstopping appearances at such legendary festivals as Coachella, Glastonbury, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Since then, The Dead Weather collective has remained busy as ever, constantly adding new milestones to their already-illustrious résumés:

* Alison Mosshart returned to her position as fearless frontwoman of The Kills alongside longtime bandmate Jamie Hince, unleashing 2011’s fourth studio album, “BLOOD PRESSURES,” to widespread critical approval. 2012 saw the publication of Dream & Drive, compiling striking photographs of Mosshart and Hince taken throughout The Kills’ career by photographer Kenneth Capello. In 2014, The Kills announced plans to begin work on their eagerly awaited fifth studio album. A gifted, self-taught artist in addition to her myriad musical gifts, Mosshart took New York City’s art world by storm in July 2015 with her first solo exhibition. “Fire Power” collects Mosshart’s diverse output – spanning paintings, portraits, works on Persian carpets, and ‘tire track’ abstract pieces – all marked by her well-traveled perspective on the transience of life on the road.

* Jack White followed The Dead Weather with his RIAA gold certified first solo album, “BLUNDERBUSS,” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 upon its April 2012 release. The unanimously acclaimed collection went on to become the year’s top-selling vinyl album and received five GRAMMY® Award nominations over two years, including “Album of the Year,” “Best Rock Album,” “Best Rock Song” (for “Freedom At 21”), “Best Rock Performance,” and “Best Music Video” (the latter two honoring the single, “I’m Shakin”). “LAZARETTO” followed in June 2014, once again arriving atop the Billboard 200 amidst uniform critical applause. What’s more, White and the always inventive Third Man team unveiled the ULTRA LP as the album’s sole vinyl configuration. Highlighted by holograms, hidden tracks, and dual-groove technology, the “LAZARETTO” ULTRA LP proved to be the biggest selling vinyl album of 2014 and of any year during the SoundScan era with 86,797 copies sold in the U.S.. To date, the Lazaretto vinyl ULTRA LP has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide. “LAZARETTO” eventually earned a GRAMMY® Award nomination as “Best Alternative Music Album,” while its title track received the 2015 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Rock Performance” as well an additional nod as “Best Rock Song.”

* Jack Lawrence has spent the past half decade by enjoying a fruitful and diverse career as a master journeyman musician. He joined White for 2012’s “BLUNDERBUSS” sessions, his always grooving bass prominently featured on the album’s “Trash Tongue Talker.” The following year saw him joining Toronto-based folk rockers City and Colour on the platinum certified, Canadian album chart-topping “THE HURRY AND THE HARM” as well as the North American tour which followed. 2015 saw Lawrence team with Nashville rockers JEFF The Brotherhood, handling all bass duties on their widely praised album, “WASTED ON THE DREAM.”

* Dean Fertita’s initial months away from The Dead Weather were spent recording “…LIKE CLOCKWORK,” his first album as a full-fledged member of Queens of the Stone Age. The multi-instrumentalist contributed piano, guitar, synthesizers and backing vocals to the 2013 album, the first Queens of the Stone Age album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 upon release and recipient of three GRAMMY® Award nominations including “Best Rock Album,” “Best Rock Performance,” and “Best Engineered Album – Non-Classical.” 2013 and 2014 saw Fertita unveil a pair of singles under his solo Hello=Fire moniker while also joining Jack White’s “LAZARETTO” recording sessions and touring band on select dates.

AUGUST 2015

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