Any notion that the Dead Weather would be some one-off all-star band was put to rest early in the group’s career — in fact, shortly after the quartet recorded its 2009 debut album, “Horehound,” and quickly began working on songs that led to this year’s “Sea of Cowards.”
“We just felt like we had more to do,” explains bassist “Little” Jack Lawrence, who also plays in the Greenhornes and in the Raconteurs with Dead Weather mate Jack White and sometimes in the Detroit band Blanche. “We wanted to go right back into the studio, so we ended up starting to write during sound checks and stuff.
“It just flows so naturally with us in the studio. A lot of it has to do with us just knowing how to be in a band. We’ve all been playing in bands since we were kids. We all play in a lot of bands now. So in this band, the ego’s gone and we just all know how to work together and function. Everything is pretty smooth operation.”
Dead Weather’s new challenge is figuring out how to keep operating amidst the four members’ other endeavors. Lawrence is headed back to the Greenhornes next month while Detroit-born guitarist Dean Fertita resumes with Queens of the Stone Age. Singer Alison Mosshart is making a new album with her main band, The Kills, while White (né Gillis) is rumored to be reactivating the White Stripes and is also busy with his Third Man record label and studio in Nashville.
But Lawrence doesn’t think we’ve heard the last of the Dead Weather.
“There’s no doubt in my mind we’ll be doing more stuff,” he says. “By the end of the year we’ll ... either be recording or doing some more shows.
“I don’t think we can stop. Nothing seems like it’s going to be getting in the way of this. This doesn’t feel like a side project or anything to us. It feels like a real band.”
The Dead Weather and Harlem perform Saturday, July 31, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 and $29.50. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.