Women have long been up to no good in the eccentric world of Jack White's songs.But on Blunderbuss, his solo album out this week, they finally indulge in White's most famous bugaboo: cell phones.One of Henry Wagons' favourite front people is Alison Mosshart, who sings in both The Kills and The Dead Weather.Mosshart joined Wagons for a chat about being a front person, revealing that it took some time for her to work up the courage to put on a show.They love touring, and have huge stamina for it, sitting on pavements drinking gin, getting tattoos, playing pool, rocking out small-capacity dives and constantly pulling poses (now published as a book by photographer Kenneth Cappello called ).They have a committed cult following, though album sales peaked at 40 in the charts; Samantha Morton directed their last video, and Jack White recruited Alison to join his part-time band The Dead Weather. *Photograph by Edouard Plongeon.*When Alison Mosshart and Jack White formed The Dead Weather in 2009, a nation of Chelsea Girls and Modern Gainsbourgs trembled at the prospect of no more Kills records. Did you change your approach to writing at all over the break? He was writing a certain type of really English song. This is gonna be a really different record than the one before it.” With two people in a band, you’re pretty limited, in terms of what you can play, so it’s always going to be the idea over the ability. Pre-order it on and listen to the new single, “Satellite,” below.Co-founder and guitarist Jamie Hince’s relationship with Kate Moss (they’re now engaged) helped keep the group in our thoughts, but it was no substitute for a proper dose of creepy-chic retro cool. if people talk about how we dress—because I can say I’m really glad I don’t dress like a roadie. We’re usually on the same page—hanging out all the time, listening to music and living in each other’s pockets—but now I’d been away and he’d been away and we were doing different things.
The single (“Satellite”) builds to this wall of sound, with a gospel choir. And there’s even a piano ballad (“The Last Goodbye”). I was writing a certain type of song—a really American song.
On stage their sexual chemistry is mind-blowing, off stage they bought a house then he married a supermodel and she was the ‘best man’; Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart are the most beguiling duo in rock. They have been a duo for more than a decade, producing four albums — including one called .
Hermione Eyre meets The Kills Early morning and The Kills are draped across their chairs like recently dis-interred corpses, cringing at the daylight. She’s 33, comes from Florida, and gives off shy, angry vibes, frequently messing up her hair so it hides her face. She flinches when four plates of fruit are put down on a table next to her.
People say that the performances are kind of like watching a private conversation—and we haven’t played a show in a while. Do you think it was harder for Jamie since, at the same time, he’s gained this notoriety for something besides music? Sometimes that gets more attention than the actual music; the progression from album to album. “The Kills are too cool.” There’s been an on-and-off relationship with the music press that loves us and then hates us then loves us again.
Was he cool with the Dead Weather or was he a little jealous? [Jack Lawrence], Dean [Fertita], Jack, and I didn’t sit down decide to be in a band together or do two records or tour the world. Do you worry that the culture of The Kills is sometimes seen as more important than the music.
Front people are the ultimate torchbearers of rock'n'roll fantasy.