Since they stormed the SA rock market with "Seven Nation Army", and had every fan blurting out "I'm going to Wichita / Far from this opera for evermore" at random moments of love-inspired rage, we've been waiting impatiently for me.
And it's here. It's Titled Get Behind Me Satan. This title - coming from the duo who cultivated rumours of incest that sure they made the covers of conservative tabloids like YOU magazine who wouldn't otherwise have touched them - sounds oddly perverse. Tell us more?
What we really want to know is: Is this album like Elephant, or like White Blood Cells. Is it slick or is it divinely scrappy? But the Whites ain't never been keen to tell us what we want to hear. Or anything much at all - they specialise in taking the piss out of music interviews it seems. See for yourself in the interview below, in which Meg interviews Jack (or the other way round).
MEG: "Jack are these songs about you?"
JACK: "No Meg, they're about you."
MEG: "I wish"
JACK: "No you don't. you know I don't write about myself or my friends, let alone my sister."
MEG: "I thought maybe you made an exception after coming out of the closet."
MEG: "Can you tell me a little bit about the album cover?"
JACK: "I don't know Meg, can you tell me a little bit about the universe?"
MEG: "You want to talk quantum physics or quantum mechanics?"
JACK: "Shut up"
MEG: "What does 'blue orchid' mean to you?"
JACK: "The same thing pizza means to you."
MEG: "Jack, why can't you be cool?"
JACK: "Because you're trying to trick me again!"
MEG: "Jack the only trick I ever played on you was never tricking you at all."
JACK: "You're right."
MEG: "Your voice sounds really high on this record like the old days."
JACK: "I noticed that too."
MEG: "Want a cigarette?"
MEG: "Was this album pleasant for you to make?"
JACK: "It's always pleasant to work with you Meg"
MEG: "I know that, but did you enjoy yourself?"
JACK: "This album was cursed when we started, and then suddenly came around near the end. Then I started to enjoy it, Remember?"
MEG: "Yeah I remember."
JACK: "Anything else "you" would like to know?"
MEG: "Only if you're happy with the record."
JACK: "Yes I am. I think it's our most dense sounding record yet. Don't you?"
MEG: "Shut up."
JACK: "Want to make another one?"
MEG: "Hmmmmmm... with you?"
The new White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan has been released, and will be reviewed on MWEB in the next couple of weeks.
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