As most of you may know, I am a huge fan of The White Stripes. Well, now I have to become a huge fan of a band called The Raconteurs. The Raconteurs are a new band that Jack White, one of the founding members of The White Stripes, has formed with some friends. The other members of the band include, Brendan Benson (guitar, vocals, and keys), Jack Lawrence (bass), Patrick Keeler (drums). Benson has mainly been a solo artist, while Lawrence and Keeler form the rhythm section for Cincinnati's own The Greenhornes. Their debut will bow in May 2006.
If you are familiar with The White Stripes you know that their music is a more primitive blues music that you get with a singer/guitarist and, let’s be honest, a mediocre drummer. I get what Jack White is trying to do. He wants a raw, no frills sound. With The Raconteurs, it seems to be a more polished tighter sound.
One thing I am very interested in is hearing Jack White accompanied by a bass player and a more competent drummer. If you would like to see the video for their first single, “Steady as She Goes,” click the link and check it out. Fans of the Stripes may find it weird to not see Jack White in his trademark red/white or red/black get ups, but the song is very good. It is a song that might get stuck in your head, so be warned.