It’s been over two decades since the breakthrough success of The White Stripes, but before rock heavyweight Jack White entered the limelight, he was moonlighting as a furniture upholsterer while earning his musical chops in native Detroit.
Known for excavating obscure vinyls and musical oddities, White’s Third Man Records is now offering insight into the musician’s earliest days. As part of their ‘Vault’ subscription service the label will release a 3 LP box set featuring music from three of White’s earliest projects.
Each LP will be composed of unreleased live recordings captured at defunct Detroit music den Gold Dollar between 1998 and 1999. The first captures an electric set from Two Star Tabernacle, a duo White formed with Blanche frontman Dan John Miller.
The second showcases a performance by lo-fi rock outfit The Go, whom White briefly played guitar with. The band went on to sign with iconic label Sub Pop.
The third LP contains a set from Jack White and The Bricks, which also featured White’s future Raconteurs bandmate Brendan Benson. The performance has been taken from an opening set for influential underground two-piece Royal Trux in 1999.
Perhaps the most exciting tracks we’ll be hearing are some of the earliest, grittiest garage renditions of White Stripes tracks including Candy Cane Children, You’ve Got Her in Your Pocket, Hotel Yorba and Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground.
Third Man are also throwing in a 7” from White’s current project The Dead Weather. The 7” includes tracks Let Me Through and Be Still, both tracks from their third LP, 2015’s Dodge and Burn.
As with all releases in TMR’s The Vault series, fans only have limited time to get their hands on the release. It will only be available until January 31, so we highly recommend you subscribe as soon as you can.