The Slow Readers Club

This Indie/Electro quartet, fresh out of the Manchester music scene, could be confused with a mix of The Doves, Editors and The Pigeon detectives. Their punchy single Feet on Fire will surely be a crowd favourite, its rhythm and lyrics will fill any venue and give a crowd the chance to get moving.

Already growing a huge following, and with a cheeky inclusion on Sky sports ‘Soccer AM’ under their belt, these guys are definitely ones to watch. The band are no strangers to success and include three former members of Omerta who released three critically acclaimed and collectable singles and whose XFM live session earned them a top five place in the sessions of the year.

Their debut album goes on sale on the 21st of May and is available from ITunes, Amazon, Spotify and Grooveshark. It can also be downloaded straight from the bands website http://www.theslowreadersclub.co.uk

Tracks to look out for are Feet on Fire and Block out the sun. MetMusic are sure you will be seeing more of this band in the not too distant future.

Live Dates:

Sunday May 20th – Manchester Rugby 7s festival

Thursday May 24th –   SOFARSOUNDS PRESENTS THE SLOW READERS CLUB (ACOUSTIC) –  Albany Road, Chorlton

Friday 10th August- Mutineers + The Slow Readers Club + Amida – Manchester Academy 3

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Liverpool Sound City

 

Where better to hold a live music event than Liverpool? A city that has given us the Wombats, Miles Kane, The La’s and that band your mum likes… The Beatles!

The city hosts its 4th annual Sound city Concert from the 17th-19th may and each year the concert gets bigger and better. Last year saw The kooks and Calvin Harris showcase their sounds whilst this year Lower than Atlantis, Kids in Glass houses and Temper trap headline the festival.

Organisers of the event say that they “take the best in 21st century pop/tech culture and present it alongside the newest, most forward thinking ways of doing business, creating a forum for people to talk, think, learn and grow all in one of the greatest cities in the world.”

A huge crowd is expected, however tickets are still available from the Sound City Kiosk – walk-up rate is £60 per person for a three-day wristband, £25 for a one-day wristband, or £50 for a Friday/Saturday two-day wristband.

The northwest is the place to be this weekend, what are you waiting for?

http://www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk/

What festival?

With a vast array of festivals spread across the UK and Europe this summer, the question for many music lovers is which one do I go to?

MetMusic want to help, and over the next few weeks we are going to review lots of festivals and live music events to make it easier for you to choose.  From Croatia to Scotland and everywhere in between we have scoured the festival scene to provide you with the best information about who to see, where to sleep, what to drink and what to avoid.  Starting with Liverpool Sound City and ending in a blur at some point in September this festival season promises some great undiscovered bands and some monster hangovers.

Let’s go…

Festivals we recommend

Liverpool Sound City – 19th May  @Soundcity

Download Festival – 8-10th June  @DownloadFest

Rockness – 8-10th June  @RocknessFest

Parklife – 9-10th June @ParklifeFest

Beach Break – 14-18th June @BeachBreakLive

Isle of White festival -22– 24th June

Rock Werchter – 28June – 1st July @RockWerchter

Hide out Festival – 28june – 1st July @HideoutFestival

T in the park – 5 – 8th July @Tinthepark

Secret Garden Party – 19– 22nd July @SecretGardenHQ

Boom Town Fair 9-12th August @BoomTownFair

Green Man Festival – 17 – 19th August @GreenManFest

V Festival – 17 – 19th August @Vfestival

Reading and Leeds 24 – 27th August @OfficialRandL

Bestival 6 – 9th September @Bestival

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Live at Leeds 2012

100 Bands, 11 venues, 1 city

May day bank holiday 2012 saw Leeds host its 4th annual Live At Leeds festival and thousands of music enthusiasts engulfed the city in anticipation of unearthing a hidden gem. With the likes of The Enemy, Reverend and the makers, Ladyhawk and Example headlining the event was a huge success.

The event began in some of the smaller more intimate venues around Leeds, Nation of shop keepers in the heart of the city had a great crowd all day and an incredible sound for such a small venue. Their courtyard was alive which added to the atmosphere inside and when bands like The Likely Lads and Broken hearts began to rock, the excitable crowd hung on their every chord.

Fast forward to 6pm and it was the turn of the big boys, Spector were on stage in the 02 arena and drew the biggest crowd of the night. With their catchy sing along lyrics and bright Hawaiian shirts songs like Chevy Thunder and Celestine sent the crowd wild. The Enemy had a huge task following such a class act, and they knew they had to deliver on all fronts, and that they did. With a huge opening and 5 songs without pausing for a breath they announced their arrival and proved why they were the biggest name on the bill. Aggro, Away from here, Technodanceaphobic and It’s not ok grabbed the crowd by the scruff and stirred them into rock n’ roll frenzy.

Before the Enemy could leave the stage, fans were rushing for the exit to get a place in the Faversham, a small venue nestled behind the University of Leeds in order to see Reverend and the Makers who have a huge following throughout Yorkshire. The venue was packed and many people were forced to listen from outside whilst John McClure, in trademark fashion entertained the baying crowd, saying in between songs that he was sorry it was so rammed and that he would come back and play a gig for those who could not get in. True to his word The Reverend played an acoustic set on the steps of the Faversham which has surely won him new admirers and reassured fans why they love him so much.

#LiveatLeeds2012  

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… Kurtis Reid

Remember the name, because MetMusic are sure that you’ll be seeing it on a billboard in the not too distant future. The 21 year old singer songwriter, a music student at Leeds Metropolitan University, has big ambitions for a career in the music industry. He states his role models as Adele, Stevie wonder and James Morrison which is no surprise as his powerful vocals could be likened to those of his peers.

Reid recently launched his first album, ‘returning to base’  at the Well in Leeds city centre and can often be found at open mic nights around the city. Never far from his supporting band, he has surrounded himself with exciting young musicians who are masters of their chosen instruments. Josh Appleby, 21 plays lead guitar and compliments the lead singers powerful vocals with electrifying solos , whilst Simon Benfer, 22 keeps a rhythm that brings the whole set together. Adam Greenhead and Ben Bowers are the heartbeat of the band on the base and drums respectively.

Although there are no plans for any upcoming gigs over the summer, we hope to be seeing them back on the stage again at some point during 2011. With ‘returning to base’   released on 23/05/2011 their return will be eagerly anticipated by what is sure to be a growing fan base. Metmusic are certainly huge fans and cant wit to hear more from Kurtis and the band.

You heard the name here first!!

You can download the album ‘returning to base’ for a small fee from www.kurtisreid.bandcamp.com

Pro. Green & Mystery Jets added to Kent festival…

Mystery Jets and Professor Green have been added to the bill of the new ‘First days of Freedom’ festival in Kent.
The event will take place from 15-17 July following the end of exams from schools, universities and colleges in the UK. The lineup was chosen by 364 students who were sourced from the festivals facebook page.
A host of unsigned acts will also be joining the bill, which includes established acts Los Campesinos!, Ms Dynamite and The King Blues. The festival will take place in Port Lympne in Hythe.
For more information visit Thefirstdaysoffreedom.com

Enter Shikari talk new album…

Enter Shikari are set to record their new album in Thailand next month. It is a follow up to their 2009 release ‘Common Dreads’.
Rou Reynolds said the band have narrowed the 30 demos they’ve written down to 15 and are relocating to the Thai beach resort of Bang Saray for three weeks in record their third LP.
Reynolds also said the band’s new material will be less straightforwardly political, saying: “I won’t be writing about specific events. There’re all sorts of topics to be addressed, like the causes as to why everything isn’t going well in society as a whole.”
The band will tour North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour throughout the summer, before returning to the UK to play the Reading and Leeds Festivals in August.

Motorhead’s Lemmy to release new album…

Motorhead singer Lemmy has announced a new album release with side project The Head Cat.
The album ‘Walk The Walk, Talk The Talk’, is out on July 5.
It contains a series of covers including Chuck Berry’s ‘Let It Rock’ and Eddie Cochran’s ‘Something Else’, along with their own new stuff, such as ‘shaking all over’.
The side project, a three piece, includes The Stray Cat’s drummer Slim Jim Phantom and Lonesome Spur guitarist Danny B Harvey.
Lemmy has previously announced a UK tour with his more familiar motorhead, containing 11 dates, along with confirming their place at Sonisphere festival in July.

Hives added to Wireless line up…

The Hives are the latest band to be added to London’s Wireless festival as acts continue to be added to an exciting line up at Hyde Park.
They have been joined by Yuck, Alex Metric and Mike Posner to a line up that already includes the likes of Black Eye Peas, Pulp, Chemical Brothers and the Streets.
The event will take place on the first three days of July. The Hives are set to play on the final day with Pulp headlining, along with the Foals and Grace Jones.
See WirelessFestival.co.uk for more information on tickets and the full line up which makes for good viewing

The Drums become 5…

New York band The Drums have announced they are to become a 5 piece, with the addition of two new members along with some line-up manoeuvres.
Drummer Connor Hanwick has put down the drumsticks to become the bands new lead guitarist, with Chris Stein taking his place.
They have also announced Myles Matheny, formerly of the Violens as a new guitarist, replacing Adam Kessler who recently quit. Jacob graham will now focus on synths.
The news has been announced before their upcoming live 2011 shows. Singer Jonathan Pierce said: “The spirit of the band is the same, but the line-up has changed.”

Dave Grohl loves celebrity sex tapes…

Dave Grohl has declared that he ‘loves’ celebrity sex tapes in the Sun newspaper.
Foo Fighters front man and former Nirvana drummer Grohl, spoke of his favourite: “Check it out, in the name of rock ‘n’ roll, go find the Chuck Berry sex tape,” he said. “It’s old so it has a very nice VHS quality to it. None of that night-vision. That one’s pretty good.”
“Tommy Lee’s goes down as probably the greatest sex tape of all time,” he added. “Pamela Anderson was acting shy! She’s acting like, ‘No way! Don’t film me!’ It was hilarious. Paris Hilton is a close second.”

Flava Flav arrested…

Flavor Flav was arrested this week in Las Vegas. Cops noticed four outstanding warrants on his license after a routine pull over.
Real name William Jonathan Drayton Jr, Flav never settled up with the court in 4 separate automobile-related matters — including driving without proof of insurance, a parking violation and two cases of driving without a license, according to law enforcement.
Flav was taken to a nearby jail to pose for a new mugshot before eventually being released.

Incubus release ‘Adolescents’ video

For a lot of fans, it has been too long between albums for Incubus.

So the release of their 6th studio album ‘If Not Now, When?’ on July the 11th looks set to get a warm reception.

The first release from the album, ‘Adolescents’ is a showcase of the bands rock roots, and is sure to delight the fans that have been there since the beginning.

Deeper into the album the bands music begins to take on a more psychedelic and inovative sound, challenging what we had come to expect from the band.

The album is available with a limited edition pre-order 12′ Vinyl, and people who buy the album will also get a free MP3 download of the album on release.

Mark Wahlberg to make Bieber film.

The Hollywood actor-and-producer Mark Wahlberg has leaked that he will be working on a film with teen-pop sensation Justin Beiber.

He was reluctant to give much information about the project, but in an interview with New York Magazine he confirmed that the two were working togeher and that “there won’t be any singing”.

Weather this marks a serious attempt at acting from Beiber, or just a brief foray into the world of acting remains to be seen. But with Beibers chart-topping star power and Whalbergs hollywood expertise, its probably going to make millions.

Finally… Bon Iver!

Bon Iver has announced the release of a long awaited second album. The album which will be self titled, is Bon Ivers (Aka Justin Vernon) first release since his deut  For Emma that became a cult sensation in 2008. Bon Iver has worked with Kanye west on two tracks for his recent album My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy and fans have been waiting with great anticipation for him to release some new material.

The album that will be released in the States on June the 21st and the name of each track on the album is name after or represents a place. Frontman Justin Vernon has said of album closer Beth/Rest  is his favourite on the LP “Its definatley the part where you pick up your joint and re-light it”

below is a video of Skinny love, one of Bon Ivers’ most well known tracks

Most expensive shots in the north…

Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders is counting the cost of his lack of knowledge of vintage booze, after he lost out on vintage bottle of rum that turned out to be worth nearly £40,000.

The drummer owns the Bowery Bar in Sheffield and workers there bought a bottle of rare, 215 year-old Henry Jefferson of Whitehaven rum for around £70 last week. They only decided to send it for further testing after they’d sampled a few shots,only then was the true value of the booze revealed to them, reported The Sun.

A source said: “Bar staff were mortified when they found out what they had done. Later on that night everyone was talking about it including Matt, Alex [Turner] and [ex-bandmate] Andy Nicholson. Everyone was shocked but found it pretty funny – except the manager who runs the pub for Matt.”

A message about the rum has also been posted on the bar‘s Facebook page, Facebook.com/thebowerysheffield. It reads: “So it’s now on YouTube and we’re doing a lot of research, all the industry experts seem to agree that we’ve opened a bottle of booze potentially worth about 40 grand…Fuck.”

Kylie Minogue, Tinie Tempah and Plan B have all been nominated for Ivor Novello awards

Plan B and Everything Everything lead the way with two nominations each, and will square go head-to-head in the songwriting awards’ Best Album category.

Plan B’s ‘She Said’ is also nominated for PRS for Music Most Performed Work, while Everything Everything’s ‘MY KX, UR BF’ is in the running for Best Song, Musically and Lyrically.

Tinie Tempah’s ‘Pass Out’ is up for Best Contemporary Song alongside The xx’s ‘Islands’ and Katy B’s ‘Katy On a Mission’, while Kylie Minogue’s ‘All The Lovers’ is in the running for Most Performed Work against ‘She Said’ and Scouting For Girls’ ‘This Ain’t a Lovesong’.

Also nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically are Foals’ ‘Spanish Sahara’ and Villagers’ ‘Becoming a Jackyl’.

Villagers’ singer and songwriter Conor O’Brien told BANG Showbiz: “It’s not your average pop song,so to be nominated for something that Lily Allen won last year is kind of interesting. I sort of feel like I’m on the sidelines watching this kind of mainstream thing happening.”

Lily Allen scooped three awards at last year’s ceremony, Songwriter of the Year, Best Song Musically and Lyrically and Most Performed Work for her track ‘The Fear’.

Other trophies which will be handed out at the awards – held on May 19 at London’s Grosvenor House hotel, include Best Original Film , Best Television Soundtrack and Best Original Video Game .

Foo fighters end Adeles’ record run with their new release ‘Wasting light’

After a record 11 weeks at the top of the album chart, Adele’s album ‘21’ was finally knocked off the top by hard hitting rockers The Foo Fighters and their new album ‘Wasting Light’. Adele now occupies second and third sport in the chart with her first album ‘19’ sitting behind ‘21’ in third place.

The Foo Fighters, who recorded their new album in lead singers Dave Grohl’s garage where thrilled that their album went straight to number one. However, some may find it hard to believe but the front man confessed that the new album was influenced by 70s Swedish pop group ABBA.  He told NME…

“I like loads of crazy-ass, dissonant, distorted rock ‘n’ roll, But I also love, bands whose pop choruses get bigger and bigger. I love anthemic choruses, that overwhelming feeling of release that you can connect with. He added: “So whenever I thought I had a big enough chorus for a song, I would use that as the pre-chorus and then I would try and write something even bigger, like they did.”

Whatever he did it seems to have worked, with the album shooting straight to number one. Tracks like Rope and A matter of time will surely rock the stadiums that the Foo Fighters have come accustomed to. Fans can look forward to their upcoming tour and get ready to rock!!!

Beyonce heads to Somerset …

The Glastonbury festival 2011 line up was revealed earlier this week ending speculation about who and who wasn’t gracing the stage at one of the worlds best known festivals.

From its humble beginnings on 19th September 1970 where 1500 people attended the first festival and paid just £1 to enter, Glastonbury as grown by 170% with 170,000 people attending in 2007. 2011 promises to be one of the most memorable for years with Some of 
the worlds biggest names set to head to Somerset, including U2 who will headline the first night of the festival, a festival they haven’t attended for 27 years.

Coldplay will headline the pyramid stage on the Saturday night with beyonce wrapping up the festival on the Sunday. It is set to be a weekend to remember, with many up and coming acts gaining their first taste of the magic of Glastonbury.

With tickets for the festival selling out within 24 hours, thousands of fans will be hoping for sunshine come the 22nd of June but some will no doubt be rain dancing in hope of a famous ‘Glastonbury mud bath’ whatever the weather when the cider is flowing everyone’s sure for a good time.

Coldplay fans are the least likely to put out on the first date.

The Online dating site Tastebuds.fm has recently conducted a survey of the dating preferences of their users, and has compared their answers with their musical tastes.

Tastebuds asked over 400 of its users how far they would go on the first date, with the answers ranging from “I’d only meet up for a chat”, all the way to “I’d go all the way if the mood was right”.

As you can see from their results below, (and the tactful title) Coldplay fans are the least likely to ‘put out’ on a first encounter. Whilst those who prefer Nirvana are  hopping into bed with one another without a care in the world.

It also seems that fans of louder music, such as Metalica, Linking Park and the bassey beats of Mr. West are the ones that want to get lucky the first time round. Fans of the softer stuff seem to prefer to wait a little longer.

Why might this be? I have absolutley no idea, there may be no correlation at all, but it certainly is interesting, and I hope Tastebuds continues to collate its data in these very interesting ways.

U2 to release ‘Sci-Fi’ album.

U2 are among the biggest bands in the world, but their new album is rumoured to be taking them out into space.

the Irish popstars are currently working with RedOne, who most recently produced Lady Gaga’s album. The result is ‘a spacey, electronic sound’.

RedOne was quoted on Musicnews.com as saying “Bono described the music as Sci-Fi or something… that’s how he described it”.

Despite RedOne working mostly with synthesisers in the past, the majority on the U2 material will be guitars. He added to bilboard.com “I’m a guitar player, so it was just me Bono and Edge playing guitar, exchanging melodies.”

The songs are most likely to appear on a new ‘club’ album the band are creating alongside their separate new rock album ‘Songs of Ascent’.

Angels and Airways album and movie confirmed in November.

Tom DeLonge, Blink 182 guitarist/singer, will be releasing his ‘new’ bands album and film in November.

The album ‘Love II’, will be released alongside a film ‘Love’. Both are to be released on November 11th.

The band have apparently been filming the movie for the majority of their career, a strange and possibly presumptuous move for the San Diego foursome.

Their last Album, also titled ‘Love’ was released last year to a lukewarm reception.

The History of the White Stripes

On February 2, 2011, after 6 studio albums, 26 singles, 1 live album, and excessive touring, the biggest blues rock duo around announced that they would officially cease recording and performing music as The White Stripes.

The announcement specifically denied any artistic differences or health issues, simply saying they split for “a myriad of reasons … mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band”.

It is truly a sad, sad day for modern rock music, as I know they influenced many of the great rock bands we see emerging today.

I take a detailed look at their past, their six studio albums, how they changed the face of modern blues rock music for ever, and how Jack and Meg White brought riff heavy, pounding rock back to the UK.

The White Stripes (1999) –

The White Stripes’ debut album “The White Stripes” was released in 1999 on the independent label Sympathy for the Record Industry.

Produced by a young Jack White, the self-titled debut was recorded and developed at Ghetto Recorders studio in Detroit and was the raw beginning for the now Grammy award winning duo.

The album was unofficially dedicated to well known Mississippi blues musician, Son House, an artist who Jack White has admitted to being one of his biggest musical influences and his influence is bursting out of every second of this exceptional take on hard blues.

One of my top 5 debut albums of all time.

De Stijl (2000) –

The White Stripes’ second album “De Stijl” which, when translated, is the Dutch for “The Style”, is exploding with just that. It’s intense, original, raw, crunchy, uncompromising stylish blues rock, and stays true to the sound of their debut.

Released on the same label as their debut, Sympathy for the Record Industry, in the summer of 2000, “De Stijl”, along with “The White Stripes” is now considered to be a cult classic among the modern day blues rock fan, which is an astounding feat considering the whole thing was self-recorded on Jack’s 8-track analog tape in his own living room.

Equally as good as their first, no question.

White Blood Cells (2001) –

“White Blood Cells” was the third album to be released by the blues rock duo and was originally released in the summer 2001, again on Sympathy for the Record Industry.

However, despite gathering plenty of underground acclaim, this was the first time the band enjoyed its first significant mainstream success and “White Blood Cells” was re-released on major label V2 Records the following year.

Jack and Meg White had again decided to stick to their roots by creating a rough, ragged and sharp around the edges piece of musical genius, something for which they gained huge praise, making The White Stripes one of the most critically acclaimed bands of recent years.

Their fame in the UK was instantaneous, British paper The Daily Mirror called them “the greatest band since The Sex Pistols” and in 2002 British magazine Q listed The White Stripes as one of “50 Bands to See before You Die”.

“White Blood Cells” then proceeded to grant us such classic singles such as “Hotel Yorba” and “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” which became the backbone to The White Stripes forever growing, powerful live set list.

Elephant (2003) –

Marking the bands first major label release “Elephant” is often described as “the best White Stripes album of them all” and showed the world that they were only just getting started, and were still unwilling to compromise their raw, heavy blues style.

The album was their first UK chart-topper, as well as their first US Top 10 album, an enormous feat for any act.

The album then proceeded to reach double platinum in Britain, and platinum in the United States, showing The White Stripes had finally, and thankfully, hit the masses.

American magazine Rolling Stone gave the album a coveted 5 out of 5 star rating, and has since then they named Jack White as number 17 on their list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

In 2004 “Elephant” won a coveted Grammy Award for “Best Alternative Rock Album” and in late 2009, British indie magazine NME named “Elephant” as number 18 in the “100 Greatest Albums of the Decade”.

The album’s first single, “Seven Nation Army” has been the band’s most successful single yet and lead the White Stripes to another Grammy success in 2004, winning them “Best Rock Song”

Its success was then followed by a cover of Burt Bacharach’s “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” which is considered to be one of the best blues covers out there.

It was full steam ahead for The White Stripes at this point.

Get Behind Me Satan (2005) –

Again released on V2 Records, “Get Behind Me Satan” was recorded in Jack White’s then-Detroit home and shows The White Stipes taking a slightly more softer approach to their usually unforgiving and intense blues rock, with Jack White taking a more rhythmic approach to this album, replacing his electric guitar for an acoustic on the majority of the tracks, straying away from his normally riff heavy playing style.

Despite playing down their usual hard rock nature, they once again gained heavy critical acclaim with Rolling Stone ranking it as the third best album of the year, and again, winning them the Grammy for “Best Alternative Music Album” in 2006.

“Blue Orchid” and “My Doorbell” are seen as the two most recognizable singles taken from the album, both getting a large amount of radio air time and charting high both in the UK and US. They are also known as two of the best White Stripes singles behind the classic “Seven Nation Army”.

Icky Thump (2007) –

The White Stripes’ sixth album, Icky Thump, was released in 2007 on Warner Bros. Records, since V2 closed in 2006, and it was released on a one-album contract, something that neither The White Stripes themselves, or the record label knew, would be all they needed.

It entered the UK Albums Chart at number one and by late July had reached gold status in the United States, and led The White Stripes to do something no other rock band had done before. On February 10, 2008, almost two years to the day of their split, the album won them a Grammy for “Best Alternative Music Album”, the third year running for the rock duo.

Following the smoother, rhythmic feel to “Get Behind Me Satan”, “Icky Thump” showed the return to their punk rock and blues influences for which the band became known.

Recorded at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio it took a mere three weeks to record,  with most bands taking months to record an album.

Astonishingly however, this was the longest recording process of any White Stripes album to date, Jack and Meg refuse to sit around and do nothing.

Unfortunately however, it was all downhill for the previously married couple, and despite releasing such a sensational, crowd pleasing sixth studio album, they then unintentionally broke the hearts of thousands, as, in September 2007, they announced the cancellation of 18 tour dates due to Meg’s suffering from acute anxiety problems,

Following this, the duo cancelled the remainder of their 2007 tour dates including their scheduled tour of the UK, which would have been the last ever chance for any British fans to witness the magical live sound of The White Stripes.

And from then on, that was it, The White Stripes wouldn’t perform on British soil ever again, and their highly anticipated follow up to “Icky Thump” would never hit the shelves, leaving fans, musicians, and I’m sure The White Stripes moarning.

I’m still not sure that I’m over the death of this majestic blues rock duo, and my fingers will always be crossed, and I shall forever be hopeful, that one day, The White Stripes will once again play together.

Until then, The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs will have to do, but it will never be the same.