“Daddy, will you tell me the story about the chickens again?”. Inauspiciously, in an off-the-mic comment, begins the wonderful opus of Consolers of the Lonely, the critically-lauded, fan-adored, Grammy Award-winning sophomore LP from the beloved quartet known as the Raconteurs. Before surprise releases were common, the Raconteurs ambushed the world with the sudden, unannounced release of Consolers of the Lonely on March 25th, 2008… a time when coordinating a worldwide physical and digital surprise release was even less easily accomplished than it is today. Internally referred to as “The Plug-Ins” at Warner Brothers so as to prevent information leaking, the album takes its title from an inscription on the frieze of a Washington D.C. post office and finds the Raconteurs at their mightiest, exploring what it means to be a rock band in the classic sense, full-on bombastic horn arrangements and gut-wrenching murder ballads sit side-by-side and while the swagger and confidence of riffs and licks for days firmly establish this album as one of the pre-eminent releases of the aughts.
To celebrate ten years since the release of Consolers of the Lonely, Third Man Records is beyond honored to reissue this noteworthy album. Pressed on incredibly unique magnificent copper foil vinyl, this is the first time the double LP has EVER been made available on colored vinyl. Coupled with a slightly re-imagined front cover highlighting new metallic accents to the iconic tintype image (after all, tin IS the traditional gift for a 10 year anniversary), this release was mastered directly from the original 1” master tapes and lovingly pressed at Third Man Pressing in Detroit, Michigan.
For our 7″ for this package, we have something very special: the first NEW songs in ten years from recent sessions that will ultimately result in a new Raconteurs album in 2019!! That’s right, we’re not giving you track titles or even letting your hear a snippet. You’ll have to wait until this package hits your doorstep. The time for you all to get pretty dang excited about what is to come next year begins right… NOW!
Lastly, this very special Vault celebration of all things old and new of The Raconteurs will include a 4″x4″ Copper and Black “R” Insignia embroidered patch for your rocker jean jacket and a set of 4 2.5″ Brushed Silver stickers featuring art from Consolers of the Lonely.
Dunque 11 anni dopo il secondo album, a fine ottobre celebrato così, Jack White, Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler e Jack Lawrence, torneranno nel 2019 con il terzo capitolo di una storia iniziata nel 2005. La stessa Third Man Records tra il 2006 e il 2017 ha pubblicato ben quattro dischi live: ‘Live at the Manchester Apollo’, ‘Live at Third Man Records’, ‘Live at the Ryman Auditorium September 15, 2011’ (anche DVD) e ‘Live at Irving Plaza NYC’. Due nuovi brani vengono lanciati quindi il 20 dicembre: ‘Sunday Driver‘ e ‘Now That You’re Gone‘.
UPDATE > Finalmente tutto definito. Il nuovo atteso album della band si chiama ‘Help Us Stranger’ e sarà fuori il 21 giugno via Third Man Records. Prodotto dal quartetto è stato lavorato in studio da Joshua V. Smith e Vance Powell. Ospiti Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather, Queens of the Stone Age), Lillie Mae Rische e la sorella Scarlett. Nel disco spicca la cover del brano ‘Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)’ di Donovan. Proprio quest’ultima viene resa disponibile sul profilo Bandcamp della Third Man Records.
Tracklist Bored and Razed Help Me Stranger Only Child Don’t Bother Me Shine The Light On Me Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying) Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness) Sunday Driver Now That You’re Gone Live A Lie What’s Yours Is Mine Thoughts and Prayers
The Raconteurs — 2019 Tour Dates May 25 – All Points East – London, UK May 26 – L’Olympia – Paris, France (SOLD OUT) May 27 – Cirque Royal – Brussels, Belgium May 28 – E-Werk – Köln, Germany May 30 – Verti Music Hall – Berlin, Germany May 31 – Heartland Festival – Kværndrup, Denmark June 1 – Orange Warsaw Festival – Warsaw, Poland June 2 – Best Kept Secret Festival – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands