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Born as a one-off collaboration between friends and tour mates, 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 heavy 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 to the album’s 2015 release. First out of the gate was “Open Up” b/w “Rough Detective,” released in January 2014 and followed in November by “Buzzkill(er)” b/w “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 song craft and overwhelming intensity, as did a worldwide tour highlighted by sold out headline dates and show stopping appearances of 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 resumes:
From Alison Mosshart’s phenomenal work with The Kills and her debut exhibition as a visual artist “Fire Power”, to Jack White’s two solo albums obliterating vinyl sales records the world over, to Jack Lawrence’s acclaimed work in Toronto-based folk outfit City and Colour to Dean Fertita’s Grammy-nominated work in Queens of the Stone Age, the Dead Weather is a band that can honestly overshadow the sum of their individual parts. Dodge and Burn is the proof.