The Dead Weather’s creepy new video

The Dead Weather - Horehound
For the most part, the Dead Weather‘s Horehound is a democratic album; despite the larger-than-life presence of Jack White, the band has always insisted that each of its four members plays an equal collaborative role. “I Cut Like a Buffalo,” however, is the exception to that rule—White sings lead on the track, which is the only song on the album for which he receives sole writing credit. Predictably, the spiky, organ-laced rocker is the highlight of the album.

The Dead Weather has released a video for “I Cut Like a Buffalo,” and it’s fittingly White-centric. The singer/drummer directed the clip, and he’s the only member of the band who appears in it. Just like the song itself, the video feels like a peek into the darkest recesses of White’s imagination. Against a chilly blue background, a group of faceless, red-haired women stare at the camera as they wield gruesome butchers knives; if you were ever looking for a metaphor for Jack White’s music, this is it.

The rest of the video is made up of quick-cut clips of White singing into a vintage microphone and looking as pale and twitchy as ever. At one point, he suspiciously eyes a man wearing a bowler hat that flashes the words “press” and “terrorist”—I guess that explains the lyric “I cut a record on my throat then you / Break me wide open.”

“I Cut Like a Buffalo” is on the excellent album Horehound, out now via Third Man.
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