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The Dead Weather - Biography
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|The Dead Weather is an American alternative rock supergroup formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009. Composed of Alison Mosshart (of The Kills and Discount), Jack White (of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs and The Greenhornes), The Dead Weather debuted at the opening of Third Man Records' Nashville headquarters on March 11, 2009. The band performed live for the first time at the event, immediately before releasing their debut single "Hang You from the Heavens".
In January 2009, Mosshart, Fertita, Lawrence, and White got together for an impromptu jam at White's Third Man studio. The session was followed by two and a half weeks of song writing and recording, during which The Dead Weather formed. Said White: "Things just started to happen. We didn't have a direction. We just went a song a day, two songs a day, whatever we could do and recorded them on the fly... There was no time to think about what it was. It just was."
The Dead Weather's debut album, Horehound, was released on July 14, 2009 in North America, and July 13 in Europe. It entered the U.S. Billboard 200 Album Charts at #6 and the UK Album Charts at #14. Three tracks from Horehound ("No Hassle Night", "Hang You from the Heavens", and "Treat Me Like Your Mother") were made available as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series on the same day as the North American release.
Jack White co directed a short film documentary about The Dead Weather called Full Flash Blank. It contains exclusive interviews of the band members and performances of 60 Feet Tall, I Cut Like A Buffalo and Treat Me Like Your Mother.
On October 16, 2009, Alison Mosshart confirmed that a second album was "halfway done". Later, White revealed in an interview that the band is hoping to have 20 to 25 songs ready for their Australasian tour in March 2010. On February 3, 2010, Jack White announced that the first single from the new album would be called "Blue Blood Blues." White will sing lead vocals on this track, which he confessed is "bluesier and heavier than we ever thought we could be." Jack White said later on the Third Man Vault's ModBlast chat that the first single is called "Die By The Drop". There will be a download-release of "Die By The Drop" on March 23, 2010, with the b-side "Old Mary". The album will be called Sea of Cowards and has an unofficial release date of 7th May, 2010. As of March 25, 2010, the official release date has been set for May 10th and 11th in the UK and US, respectively.