It’s been a decade since we’ve heard from garage rock outfit, The Raconteurs — one of Jack White’s many many side-projects, featuring Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler.
The four-piece last released music in 2008, with their critically-acclaimed studio album, Consolers of the Lonely.
On Wednesday morning, White’s record label and company, Third Man Records, revealed two brand new Raconteurs music videos — Sunday Driver and Now That You’re Gone.
The pair serves as the first taste of new Raconteurs music in more than 10 years.
After the announcement of a 10th-anniversary reissue of Consolers of the Lonely in October, Third Man Records promised exclusive “vault members” who ordered the album an additional copper-swirl 7″ double A-side vinyl featuring two “new” singles.
Third Man began to tease the release on Twitter over the weekend, sharing some exclusive images and clips from the Sunday Driver music video.
Steven Sebring directed the short. He’s a photographer, filmmaker and “vanguard” in artistic 3D imaging. It was filmed in his lab in New York City and utilized some of his unique cinematographer skills.
Sebring captured the chemistry between the members of The Raconteurs in the catastrophic rock number which fans have been longing for.
The Now That You’re Gone film was directed by renowned music video director Dikayl Rimmasch.
It starred actress Gia Genevieve. She described the song as “a very rock ‘n’ roll approach to the wide range of emotions a person goes through when dealing with a broken heart.”
“The video [portrays] feelings of being weak, angry and vengeful,” she added. It’s the strength to overcome and ‘crash’ through it all.”
The Raconteurs gather at the end of their set at the 2011 Voodoo Experience at City Park on Oct. 30, 2011, in New Orleans, La.
White purists even called the singles a “return to form,” after he estranged many of his fans with his previous solo effort — the highly experimental Boarding House Reach (2018).
Raconteurs diehards were ecstatic upon hearing about new music. They took to Twitter to celebrate their “early Christmas presents.”
The supporters’ only issue was trying to decide which track they preferred.
It’s unclear whether the singles will appear on a future Raconteurs album, however, it’s been confirmed by Third Man vault members that the group are indeed working on a new record featuring all-new original music.
(L-R): Jack White, Patrick Keeler and Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs perform during the 2011 Voodoo Experience at City Park on Oct. 30, 2011, in New Orleans, La.
The Sunday Driver / Now That You’re Gone double A-side is now available to listen or watch via all streaming platforms.
As of this writing, The Raconteurs’ next studio album has no scheduled release date. It is expected to drop in early 2019.
Updates will be made available on the Third Man Records website.
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