Brendan Benson Says Raconteurs Reunion is “Off the Table”

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 03.18.14 in News

It probably shouldn’t be a surprise considering Jack White is busy wrapping his next solo record and working on a 2015 album with his other band, The Dead Weather, but the future of The Raconteurs is uncertain at best. According to a Billboard interview with White’s co-singer/guitarist Brendan Benson, reunion talks are completely “off the table” at the moment.

“It always felt spontaneous,” he said of their previous records. “We never planned anything. We never planned a breakup. All of us but one live in [Nashville], so it could very well happen … or not.”

In the meantime, Benson is shifting his focus to Readymade Records, a label modeled after Ian MacKaye’s Dischord imprint, at least in terms of putting the artistic merit of its music above sales prospects. “I fed my ego enough with my solo career that now it’s cooler to be more behind the scenes and helping other bands,” explained Benson. “And I like to be around these younger artists. It’s inspiring.”

White’s done the opposite recently, finding his inspiration in the much older company of Neil Young, whose imminent A Letter Home album was cut straight to vinyl at Third Man Studios, including a handful of tracks that feature the former White Stripe.

“[It's] going to be very confusing to people because it is retro-tech,” Young explained to SPIN at SXSW. “It’s all acoustic with a harmonica inside a closed space, with one mic to vinyl … a funky old machine, it sounds like Jimmy Rogers or something.”

Here’s what he means…