THE RACONTEURS are quite unexpectedly back in business, with a new album out now on Third Man Records, and upcoming shows in Charlotte & Columbia!

DISPATCH FROM THE “BE WARNED” DEPT.:
A new RACONTEURS studio record, Help Us Stranger, is in-stock now at Horizon Records on CD and vinyl LP. It’s this revered rock collective’s third studio effort and first in over a decade. Expect trademark melodies, crunchy rock grooves and ferocious riff-age. First editions will be on white vinyl, with hand-screened unique art covers, and there will be bonus 7″ action while it lasts! Just say YES.

AND the band is on tour for the first time since 2011, with shows near us:
The Fillmore in Charlotte on August 18th; get info on the Charlotte show HERE.
The Township Auditorium on August 20th; get Columbia show info HERE.



JACK WHITE
 seems to have really missed THE RACONTEURS.

In an interview with Nashville Scene while they were recording their new album, White compared rejoining his three bandmates to a pretty powerful group. White said, “It’s like [being] in The Who or something. Like, ‘Oh, guess who’s doing the overdub — it’s Keith Moon or John Entwistle’s doing the overdub.’ I mean, when [bassist Jack Lawrence] goes in there and is overdubbing bass, or Brendan [Benson] is going in doing a vocal part — it’s like, whoa, these are really, really talented people going in that room.”

As they prepped for a new album, The Raconteurs gave us two new singles to chew on, “Sunday Driver” and “Now That You’re Gone” the former being a driving, riff-based raveup featuring lead vocals from White and the latter being a mellow rock shuffle with doo-wop backing vocals led by Benson.

Written by White and Benson, with the exception of their cover of Donovan’s “Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness),” the group recorded the 12-song set at Third Man Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Produced by the Raconteurs and engineered by Joshua V. Smith, the album features contributions from keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather, Queens of the Stone Age) and sisters Lillie Mae and Scarlett Rische.

Help Us Stranger Track List
1. “Bored and Razed”
2. “Help Me Stranger”
3. “Only Child”
4. “Don’t Bother Me”
5. “Shine the Light on Me”
6. “Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)”
7. “Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)”
8. “Sunday Driver”
9. “Now That You’re Gone”
10. “Live a Lie”
11. “What’s Yours is Mine
12. “Thoughts and Prayers”

It’s like they never left, and we’re excited to have them back!

Help Us Stranger is out now on CD, vinyl LP and groovy indie-store only white-vinyl LP… 

…and don’t forget these other rockin’ titles available NOW!
 

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