The band announced yesterday that after over 13 years, they will no longer be making any new albums or performing live. Rather than citing some kind of bust up, they claim that it’s mostly “to preserve what is beautiful and special about
the band and have it stay that way”. While the band won’t be writing any new material, Third Man Records will carry on releasing live and studio recordings of The White Stripes through their subscription club and through regular channels. They end their statement in a very pretentious manner by saying;
“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.”
If I’m being honest, I’ve always thought The White Stripes were a little overrated. I don’t think they were a bad band by any means, but I’m not going to be having sleepless nights knowing they’re no longer around. I’ve never been keen on Jack White either. He comes off, at least in It Might Get Loud, as a bit of a pretentious douche. Still, I love the two Raconteurs albums he is a part of so if the end of The White Stripes means a chance for more Raconteurs, then so be it.