The two Dead Weather songs that came as part of Third Man Records’ “Vault Package Number 21” on a gold-colored seven-inch are now streaming online. The songs, “Buzzkill(er)” and “It’s Just Too Bad,” find the band exploring echoey, bluesy garage rock on the former and clattering, shambolic riffage on the latter as frontwoman Alison Mosshart bellows.
The group recorded the songs in the band members’ downtime from commitments to Queens of the Stone Age, the Kills and Jack White’s solo work. The versions of the songs streaming online play at different speeds, since turntables (and the people who use them) can be fickle things, but the “Buzzkill(er)” stream is official, so listeners will have to imagine “It’s Just Too Bad” playing slower and lower. The seven-inches were available only to members of the label’s Third Man Vault subscription service.
The Dead Weather, who have not played a concert since 2010 (save an impromptu reunion this past August), began work on their upcoming third album last year. In December 2013, they issued the single “Open Up (That’s Enough),” backed with “Rough Detective,” as part of the Third Man Vault series. The group will reportedly issue more two-song sets until they issue an LP next year containing the singles and unreleased tracks.