Death From Above 1979 will record a live album at Jack White’s Nashville studio next month.
The band will enter Third Man Records on July 16 where they will record the live album directly to vinyl. Fans can win tickets to see the duo at work via the Third Man website while a press release states that they will approach the recording with “ten years of lost time to recover and a fresh perspective.”
Death From Above 1979 follow artists such as Jenny Lewis, The Kills and Mudhoney in recording a live album in Third Man Records’ Blue Room.
The Canadian duo are scheduled to play Glastonbury this year, as well as Brighton’s Concorde 2 venue on June 28.
Band members Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F Keeler split in 2006, but reformed for a series of live shows in 2011 and 2012. Speaking about their future plans earlier this year, Grainger told NME that after the upcoming festival season there are no concrete plans or dates in their diary. “This band doesn’t get any easier,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how long we’ve been doing it, or how well rehearsed we are, it’s just such a physical undertaking. The show is so physical. I’d forgotten about that, you kind of romanticise it. It’s really draining. It takes a lot of energy.”
Asked what this means for the future of the band, Grainger painted a vague picture. “I don’t know what we’re going to be doing next to be honest. We just want to keep the energy in the band positive. I don’t know what’s going to happen, we’ll see.”
Earlier this month (June 2) Jack White revealed that his label Third Man Records is to open a new store in the former White Stripes’ home town of Detroit. The store is a joint venture between White and retail company Shinola. The singer and guitarist recently purchased the Cass Corridor building, which houses Shinola’s headquarters, and he’ll open the Third Man outlet by Black Friday – the US retail holiday that falls the day after Thanksgiving and marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season.
Having recently gone on hiatus from live performing, White is currently involved in a number of different projects and was among the big name musicians who helped launch Tidal this year. He subsequently defended his involvement in the company following criticisms that have included suggestions that its model will only favour mainstream acts, and that it’s little more than a vanity project.