There's a chill in the air in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, which suits Jack White just fine. His latest band, the Dead Weather (a collaboration with members of the Kills, Queens of the Stone Age and the Greenhornes) took the stage in the middle of the afternoon on the final day of the 2009 Outside Lands Festival, but not before sitting down with MTV News to talk about the dangers of festivals, writing on the road and what makes the Dead Weather "evil."
"I had heard that it was going to be 100 degrees here today, so I'm really glad it's a little chilly," White told us. Singer Alison Mosshart's concerns were different. "I'm worried that it's the middle of the day and still light out. It's better in the dark."
The band wears darkness well. Each member was clad in all black, and when asked what each member gets out of the Dead Weather that they don't get with their other projects, Mosshart said that this band was "more evil."
But what makes them so evil? White had the answer. "This guy," he said, pointing to unassuming bassist Jack Lawrence. "He says evil things in his sleep. That's how we write songs."
Lawrence must be doing a lot of subconscious babbling, because White says the group already has 15 new songs ready to go, and they plan to record them (as well as a few covers) as soon as possible. "We're really looking forward to getting back in the studio for a new record," said White. "I'm really excited for these songs."
The crowd was excited too, as the Dead Weather laid out thick slabs of roadhouse art-blues that inspired more than a few mid-afternoon freakouts. And yes, it sounded more than a little bit evil.