The Raconteurs first convened in 2006, winning worldwide acclaim, Grammy Award nominations, and a chart-topping smash single in “Steady, As She Goes,” with their now-classic debut album, BROKEN BOY SOLDIERS. The band returned two short years later with 2008’s CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY, recorded less than three weeks before it was unleashed upon an unsuspecting world, its immediate arrival marking it among the first major albums to receive a surprise release with little or no advance promotion.
Like its predecessor, the LP proved a popular and critical phenomenon, making a top 5 debut on the Billboard 200 on its way to earning the Grammy Award for “Best Engineered Non-Classical Album” as well as a nomination for “Best Rock Album.”
The Raconteurs’ return was heralded in December with the release of two new tracks, “Sunday Driver” (featuring Jack White on lead vocals) and “Now That You’re Gone” (with Brendan Benson singing lead), both of which are available for streaming and download now HERE. Stereogum declared “Sunday Driver” an “absolute banger” and CLASH applauded “Now That You’re Gone” as a “wailing blues-fueled epic.”
Both songs were accompanied by companion videos upon release – “Sunday Driver” & “Now That You’re Gone”. Remixed and remastered versions of both songs will also appear on the new album HELP US STRANGER.
To coincide with the release, The Raconteurs and Third Man Records have revealed a special HELP US STRANGER-themed Vault Package #40 that features a limited edition electric green/black/copper swirled vinyl LP. Pressed at Third Man Pressing in the Cass Corridor of Detroit, the 180-gram marble vinyl edition also features exclusive Vault-only moving image lenticular cover art. The companion 7-inch single will feature early demo recordings of two songs from the new album – “Help Me Stranger” and “Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)” A Patrick Keeler-designed Raconteurs bandana and an exclusive Raconteurs slip mat are included in the package as well. Third Man Vault subscriptions are open now through April 30. For more information regarding Vault Package #40 visit thirdmanrecords.com.
Photo cover by Vance Powell
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