Jack White‘s solo album is bound to be the most highly anticipated debut of 2012. He’s collaborated with more artists than you’ve probably ever even heard of – co-written songs, produced songs, produced albums, guested on tracks – but with his debut solo album Blunderbuss, White gives a his audience a glimpse into himself – his own project, without anyone else there to hide behind or obscure the vision.
Back in January, White released the single “Love Interruption” from Blunderbuss – a slow-burning grower of a rock song, that was accompanied by a Jack-White-directed video featuring his band members Ruby Amanfu, Emily Bowland and Brooke Waggoner.
Though it clocks in at a swift 45 minutes, Blunderbuss is one you’ll stick back on repeat, without even realising. For the most part, it’s a laid-back affair that makes the most of layering Southern rock and blues influences into something quite new – even, possibly, a little funky. For the tour that accompanies the record, White has out-done himself by creating two entirely different backing bands – one all-female, one all-male – and playing different versions of each song with each band, with the idea that each band will alternative shows playing as White’s backup throughout the tour.
“Each band plays some songs that the other band doesn’t play as well,” he says in an interview with the Guardian. “I’ve been working for weeks, driving back and forth to two locations in Nashville, rehearsing with both bands, trying to remember what versions of the songs each one does. And it’s very expensive. I mean, I don’t know how long I can keep this up, because it’s very expensive to keep that many people on the road.
“I really don’t like to take the easy way out, if I can help it, on anything I do, I like to really make it a challenge,” he continues. “I don’t know how to create by taking the easy routes. “I’ve tried, you know, I’ve tried to let myself, but I always struggle to compensate.”
White will also be celebrating the release of the album with a concert directed by Gary Oldman. The concert will take place on April 27 (9 p.m. EST) at New York’s Webster Hall – and for fans who can’t make it to New York for the show, the entire concert will be streamed live on Vevo.
‘Freedom At 21′
‘Weep Themselves To Sleep’
‘Trash Tongue Talker’
‘Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy’
‘I Guess I Should Go To Sleep’
‘On And On And On’
‘Take Me With You When You Go’