Brendan Benson: a new Raconteurs album is off the table

The artist has played down the possibility of a third album from the group he co-fronts with Jack White

Brendan Benson has played down the possibility of a third Raconteurs album, revealing that although most of the band members live in Nashville, they never get together. Six years after their last album and four since their last gig, a follow-up to Consolers of the Lonely is “kind of off the table”.

“It could very well happen, or not,” Benson said in an interview with Billboard (via NME).

While the Raconteurs never announced that they were parting ways, the band’s frontman suggested their current hiatus is more like a split. “We never planned anything,” he said. “We never planned a breakup. It always felt spontaneous. I liked that about it, too.”

Both Raconteurs albums debuted in the UK’s top 10 and both were awarded gold sales certificates. But since taking the Raconteurs to festivals such as Glastonbury, where they played in 2008, Benson and bandmate Jack White have turned their attention to other projects.

Benson released new solo LPs in 2009, 2012 and 2013, and White made a host of records including Rome, the Dead Weather’s Sea of Cowards, and his own solo debut. In recent months, White has been focused on a string of Dead Weather singles, his own new album, and a collaboration with Neil Young.

Benson, meanwhile, is concentrating on his label imprint Readymade Records. “Since I started the label, I have been going through this transition, and it’s almost like an identity crisis – like leaving my solo career a bit,” he told Billboard. “I’m still going to make records, but not at the intensity at which I was doing it … I fed my ego enough with my solo career that now it’s cooler to be more behind the scenes and helping other bands.”


Sean Michaels

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