And the award for best multi-tasker goes to… (drum roll please): Jack White!
With his new band the Dead Weather, his other band the Raconteurs, his collaboration with the Dex Romweber Duo, and the grand opening of his brand new Third Man Records complex in Nashville, it’s hard to imagine White has time to eat. But he hasn’t forgotten about the White Stripes — in fact, the Detroit duo are recording a new album!
“It won’t be too far off,” White told Music Radar of the Stripes’ next release. “Maybe next year.” White added that he and drummer Meg White have already “recorded a couple of songs” at Third Man.
Aside from a performance in February on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the Stripes have been relatively dormant, even cancelling a lengthy North American tour due to Meg’s “acute anxiety,” which, says White, “was a very real problem, but one that I’m happy to say is in the past.”
“We just needed to stop for a while,” he said. “When it comes down to your health… It’s hard; people don’t really understand. They think you go up on stage and you’re having a blast, like you’re partying or some shit. That’s not the case. It’s hard work to go on tour.”
“We were playing two shows a day in Canada, then we’d fly to France and do a TV show there, then we were back in England on tour, and we were just killin’ it, man,” White added. “The train was out of control.”
White’s band the Dead Weather — also featuring Dean Fertita (Queens of Stone Age), Jack Lawrence (Raconteurs), and Alison Mosshart (the Kills) — will hit the road this summer behind their June 9 release, Horehound. Check out photos of the band’s private performance at Third Man here. And read SPIN music editor Charles Aaron’s review of their first public show in New York here.