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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Interview: Jack Lawrence -- The Belleville-Born Bassist for The Dead Weather -- Talks Its New Album

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Are there any other different influences on this record? Not really; it's hard to say. They've happened so quick. Releasing two albums in the span of a year doesn't really happen these days. [laughs]

I was going to say, bands don't do that anymore. It's definitely old-fashioned. Yeah, bands in the '60s did it a lot. Even country artists up until maybe the '70s just started doing it. I don't know - it's a different approach. I think it comes from us just wanting to play together and having that drive. We really inspire each other as artists. There's a great need to produce music and art whenever we're around each other. It was more of, we couldn't stop it, really. I think that's why this record happened so quickly. It's not like a choice by anyone - especially the label or anything like that. It's coming from us wanting to make music.

What have you learned from everyone in the band, in the context of the Dead Weather? It's hard to say what you learn from people, but it's there. This band's great, because everybody's coming in and writing, so we're all listening to each other. A lot of bands, it doesn't work that way - one person will come in with a song, and then everybody does their part. This one, there's a lot of ideas getting thrown around and everyone's communicating and excited for someone to come up with something.

You can tell the chemistry you guys have, in the songs. I don't know where that comes from. Maybe it's just because we're older now, and we've been through bands and been with bands. The Greenhornes, we've been playing for fourteen years. We've all done time being on the road or in the studio. All the egos are out of the equation now, it just gives you a lot of freedom to work.

For you, then, when you're playing on stage with the Dead Weather, what stands out to you as opposed to the Greenhornes or the Raconteurs? What stands out to you playing live? [immediately] Alison. Alison, yeah. It's great having someone that really controls the stage like that. You look around and you see everyone's eyes fixed on her. I can, you know, stay back and just concentrate on making good, exciting music.

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