The Raconteurs triumph on live debut in Liverpool

And Jack White speaks to NME.COM

Jack White‘s new band The Raconteurs triumphed on their live debut in Liverpool tonight (March 20).

And the star and fellow bandmates Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler spoke to NME.COM of their delight at finally getting things off and running after their show at the Carling Academy.

The raucous sold-out crowd watched the Detroit pals, augmented by keyboard player and Benson band regular Dean Fertita, play all the tracks from forthcoming debut album ‘Broken Boy Soldiers‘, out May 15, as well as a new song, ‘5 On The 5’, and two covers – Sixties psych legends Love‘s ‘A House Is Not A Motel’ and Seventies rockers The Flamin’ Groovies‘Headin’ For The Texas Border’‘.

Among the highlights were ‘Steady, As She Goes’, a recent limited edition single, which gets a full release on April 24. And there was a wildly enthusiastic reception for the ballad ‘Together’, where a dressed-down Jack and Brendan shared vocal duties.

Speaking afterwards to NME.COM, the band said they were pleased with the show, and delighted to get things up and running at last.

Benson said, “The whole thing feels like one big highlight. It feels like phase one is over and now this is phase two of the whole thing. It’s great to get started.”

White declared the evening “lovely and delicious” and said that there were more covers planned for the tour, adding: “We’ve done about 30 songs in rehearsal.”

Benson added: “We wanted to do the Love song specially for Liverpool, because it seems like they’re big fans here.”

Speaking about the band’s future, White joked they weren’t looking too far ahead, adding: “We’re hoping to make it to London by the end of the week.”

The band play the Astoria in the UK capital on Thursday (March 23), the final show on their short debut tour.

Tonight’s set was:

‘Level’

‘Intimate Secretary’

‘Hands’

‘Steady, As She Goes’

‘Together’

‘A House Is Not A Motel’

‘Store Bought Bones’

‘Call It A Day’

‘Yellow Sun’

‘Broken Boy Soldier’

‘5 On The 5’

‘Blue Veins’

‘Headin’ For The Texas Border’

The Raconteurs‘ UK tour continues (March 21) in Glasgow.