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Dead Weather Bassist Gives Lesson, Drops New Song ‘Mile Markers’

Jack Lawrence teaches his technique on cacophonous new track off ‘Dodge and Burn’

The members of Dead Weather continue to post instrument technique and discussion videos in the lead-up to their new LP Dodge and Burn. After Jack White put on a drumming clinic, it’s bassist Jack Lawrence’s turn to show fans how he creates the band’s unique bass sound. Using the Dodge and Burn track “Mile Markers” as an example, Lawrence breaks down his technique, which is followed by the debut of the Dead Weather’s latest track, Mojo reports.

First, Lawrence reveals his secret weapon while pounding the bass riff of Sea of Cowards opener “Blue Blood Blues”: His Electro Harmonix Bass Micro Synthesizer pedal, which turns a normal bass into a fuzzy, fire-breathing monster.

Using that same effects pedal, Lawrence runs through “Mile Markers,” with bass squelching as Lawrence climbs the fretboard. The instructional video also uses Lawrence’s high placement on the fretboard – as well as the bassist’s own admission that he is very stoned at the time of filming – to weave in a snippet of Cypress Hill’s weed anthem “I Wanna Get High.”

“Without the bass guitar, the Dead Weather would be nothing,” Lawrence jokes before his band mates magically appear for a live performance of “Mile Markers,” the most cacophonous of the Dodge and Burn offerings so far (thanks, in large part, to Lawrence’s sludgy, lurking bassline). “Mile Markers” joins previously released tracks “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” and “Cop and Go” from Dodge and Burn, which is due out September 25th.

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