The Dead Weather Newcastle Academy October 21st 2009
The Dead Weather are Jack White’s latest band. The fact that Jack White is in them raised enough interest in David, Laura and myself to go along and see them at the Academy on Wednesday night. None of us have seen Jack White before; we had tickets for the White Stripes the last time they were due to come to Newcastle, but the show was cancelled when Meg became unwell. The nearest that David and I got to seeing Jack was when he walked past us at a Dylan gig in Manchester a couple of years ago. Support came from Creature with the Atom Brain (great name), who we all agreed were not too hot. It wasn’t too long before Jack and the band took to the stage. Jack played drums for most of the night, only coming to the front to sing and play guitar in a couple of songs. But the front person role is well covered by the singer Alison Mosshart (of the Kills), who runs round the stage like a whirling dervish. The music is very blues-based with many clear 60s influences. I can hear Beggars Banquet Stones, Dr John, The Cramps, Bo Diddley in there. Great guitar riffs played on cool-looking Gretch guitars and a square Bo Diddley guitar at one point. We all agree that they are pretty good, but to be honest, the songs begin to sound a little samey as the night goes on. It would probably be better if we had listened to the album. I certainly had heard nothing at all by them before going to see them.