Jack White’s label Third Man signed the Nashville group. He produced their debut and seemingly everything from the Cramps-style sound to the shrouded PR campaign and art-house wardrobe selection has the ex-White Stripe’s midas fingerprint laid firm. They don’t share much with the White Stripes beside a crunchingly antiquated guitar sound, but they’re definitely cut from the same dark cloth as the Dead Weather – White’s later project – as well as the Sonics and the Count Five. Lead single “Honky Tonk Horror” is a apt overall description of their self-titled debut: wailing vocals and creepy carnival organ floating above the spindly arrangement and minimalist production; an unhinged collection of garage-goth songs soaked in melody and melodrama.
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