New Music: Jack White – High Ball Stepper, plus album news

Oh Jack White you little tease, you. Everybody knows that he is a man who, when he touches things, they turn to gold. He’s released a little bit of the shiny stuff from his forthcoming album, Lazaretto out on his own Third Man Records on June 9th I the shape of a instrumental track, High Ball Stepper.

It’s the follow up to his (surprisingly enough) gold certified, international number one album, Bluderbuss, which showed that he could seamlessly move into a solo career after the dissolution of one of the most successful duos in rock music, The White Stripes.

High Ball Stepper opens with dark country blues riffs, slow moving and ominous that then side steps into these piano figures that creeps over everything. It’s then full steam ahead on this stumbling, twisting riff that gets more urgent and aggressive as the track progresses. Best of all though is this jutting, jarring and gloriously messy guitar solo that jumps into the middle of it.

Like a lot of the Third Man output, there’s a Vault package, which for this release includes a split colour pressing with poster, booklet, 7inch and postcard. Unlike Blunderbuss, it’ll be the only limited edition of the album. Once they’re gone that’s it, so get over to before April 30th to sign up today.

They’ll be like, well, gold dust I expect.

Catch him on tour all over the place from the end of the month onwards. New dates in bold.

Live 2014
New shows in BOLD
19/4: Nashville, TN – Third Man Records
29/5: Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom *
30/5: Lubbock, TX – Wild West *
31/5 – 1/6: Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Festival
2/6: Shreveport, LA – Municipal Auditorium *
3/6: New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre *
5/6: Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte *
7/6: New York, NY – Governors Ball
12/6 – 15/6: Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
25/6 – 29/6: Somerset, England – Glastonbury
26/6: Dublin, Ireland – Royal Hospital Kilmainham
29/6: Paris, France – L’Olympia
30/6: Paris, France – L’Olympia
3/7: Amsterdam, Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall
4/7: Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival
5/7: London, England – Eventim Apollo
19/7: Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
20/7: St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre +
21/7: Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom +
23/7: Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre +
24/7: Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre +
27/7: Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Outdoors +
28/7: Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre +
30/7: Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre +
31/7: Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre +
1/8 – 8/3: Montreal, QC – Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
* with Kelley Stoltz
+ with Benjamin Booker
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