James Murphy working on ‘the metal White Stripes’ with former Sepultura members

The producer has persuaded the metal band's former drummer Iggor Cavalera to form a duo with his brother Max

Former LCD Sounsystem mainman James Murphy is working with “a metal version of the White Streipes”, it has been revealed.

The producer has, The Guardian reports, persuaded Iggor Cavalera, former drummer in Brazillian metal outfit Sepultura to form a band with his brother Max. After leaving Sepultura in 2006, Iggor Cavalera has been living in England since October to boost the profile of his two existing projects – namely DJ group MixHell with his wife Laima Leyton and Cavalera Conspiracy with his brother Max, original guitar player and later lead singer in Sepultura who quit the group in 1996.

According to Iggor, he wanted to record a new EP with Cavalera Conspiracy and brought James Murphy on board to produce it. However, Murphy pursueded him to launch the quarted as a duo instead.


“James Murphy approached me with the record idea, but eventually suggested some others,” he said. “To start with, he wants only the two of us in the studio, like a metal version of the White Stripes. He also wants nothing but the two of us on stage.”

He continued: “He basically asked me to get rid of the rest of the band. Cavalera Conspiracy has four members and two records. Murphy asked us to start from scratch as a duo. According to him, ‘this will come to be the heaviest record of our careers’. He promised me that.”

James Murphy recently finished working on Arcade Fire’s forthcoming fourth album ‘Reflektors’ (due October 28), which features David Bowie on its title track. He has also remixed a new track by Bowie for the upcoming three-disc re-issue of his album ‘The Next Day’ titled ‘Love Is Lost’.