The Dead Weather's vampire tendencies

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 April 2010
Alison Mosshart

The Dead Weather singer Alison Mosshart

The Dead Weather don't like playing festivals because they reckon their music doesn't come across as well when it is light

The Dead Weather don't like playing festivals because it means they have to appear in the light.

The 'Treat Me Like Your Mother' band - which includes Jack White of the White Stripes and Alison Mosshart of The Kills - don't reckon their music transposes well when it's light because it feels "too jolly".

Jack said: "As a musician, it never feels right to play electric music during the day. It's like having light bulbs outside or something. It feels better at night or in a tent."

Alison added: "I've never liked festivals to be honest. It's a weird feeling when it's light outside and you can see every colour under the sun. It's too jolly! It doesn't make sense for a band like us."

Alison did, however, concede she rated the band's surprise set at the Glastonbury festival last year as her favourite festival performance.

Jack also added the band is working towards having a set which is "teetering on something brilliant", and trying to make it as spontaneous as possible by not working to a set order for their songs.

He added: "When we play live we want to put out this vibe that this is teetering on disaster and yet also teetering on something brilliant.

"It doesn't feel contrived and then written on paper and then performed to a script. We're even moving away from even having set lists."

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