March 23, 2005 11:03


Speedy recording sessions mean the record is finished inside two weeks…

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White Stripes have finished recording their new album inside two weeks – and it could be released in time for GLASTONBURY.

The duo have been at Jack White’s Detroit home working on songs for the follow-up to ‘Elephant’. Much like the recording of their classic fourth album, which was done in ten days at Toe Rag studios in London, recording of the as-yet-untitled new longplayer came quickly, with the pair recording on average a song a day.

Speaking in the middle of last week, a friend of Jack White’s told NME.COM: “They only started about a week and a half ago and they were aiming to finish the recording on Friday (March 18). There’s still things to do though, like mixing and mastering. They’re working at their usual pace, but to finish an album in this time is impressive nonetheless.”

Speaking recently, singer Jack White predicted that although they had a lengthy break after touring ‘Elephant’ around the world, getting the record wrapped up wouldn’t be a problem.

He said: “I’m going home to record and it should be done pretty quick. I've done it [this way] for a long time, in my attic and out of my house, making 45s for bands. When bands would come to town, they'd stay at my house and we'd cut an album.

"I've been doing it for as long as I've been writing, and for as long as I've had bands, I've been recording. I never knew too much about the technical side, I just wanted to get things on tape that were soulful. And that's the same thing with (Loretta Lynn’s ’Van Lear Rose’). It was on 8-track, and we did it in 12 days."

NME.COM understands that the album, like those before it has been recorded on analogue equipment. A spokesperson for the band told NME.COM that the record does not have a confirmed release date. However, it is hoped that the record will be released in time for Glastonbury.

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