Brendan Benson: Raconteurs Were More Than "Jack's Band"

Ed. Note: Brendan Benson spoke with the Houston Press for this week's "Chatter" Q&A in the print edition. Here's what didn't make it onto the page.

Brendan Benson: Raconteurs Were More Than "Jack's Band"
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Rocks Off: Did you consider working with The Raconteurs to be sort of an alternative outlet for you?

Yeah, it was definitely an outlet. I've kind of been typecast or pigeonholed, you know, and it's kind of unfortunate because you can't help it. It's tough to go to battle with the press, or to have a good sense of yourself when so many people are saying things about you.

The Raconteurs was a way for me to exercise that part of me that's been dormant for so long. I love playing loud rock music, you know. It was nice to do that and kind of get back to that for a second. That has afforded me, on my solo records, to play a little harder songs.

RO: Since you've been back on your own, has it felt a bit like getting out from under Jack's shadow?

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BB: Yeah. It's nice to be back playing for my audience. No matter how small they might be in numbers, they're loyal, and that feels good. There were times where I felt miffed, really. You know, I'm not getting any credit for this, and I put a lot of effort into it. It kinda sucks.

I don't need the fame, but I would like the acknowledgment every once in a while, instead of being referred to as "Jack's Band" or "Jack's Company" or "Jack White's Project." I mean, we all knew it, going into it. It's not his fault, and there's never been ill feelings between Jack and me, but I just couldn't understand why the press couldn't grasp that, that it was this group effort.

I mean, yeah, there's a famous guy in there but come on, there's a better story there.

RO: Which of your releases are you most proud of?

I think Lapalco is sort of my proudest moment. It's just got this mood to it. It's kind of cool. I just remember doing it in my house in Detroit, and that might be part of why it's special to me. It was kind of a cool setup, and I had a good time doing it. Also, on a side note, it's being re-released, finally, on vinyl.

It was always intended to be on vinyl. I made it on analogue tape and all that. I'm excited about that.

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