With their primal garage rock, incendiary live performances and their strict red and white colour scheme (which extended to instruments and stage wear), The White Stripes came roaring out of the fertile Detroit music scene in the late 90s/early 00s. Alongside other like-minded acts, such as The Strokes, the bass-less duo marked a return to the visceral garage punk sound of the 60s and 70s with a pair of gritty albums for the cult Sympathy For The Record Industry label. Their mainstream breakthrough came with their third set, 2001's magnificent White Blood Cells, which was met with frenzy of hyperbolic reviews. Incredibly, the duo backed up the hype with a string of magnetic live shows, with Jack White's monumental riffs, feral voice allied to Meg's elemental drumming. Subsequent albums confirmed the potential of their early releases, while incorporating swamp blues, Southern Gothic literature and Celtic folk influences without compromising their raw rock power.
Followers: The Black Keys, The Kills, Cold War Kids, The Noisettes, Wolfmother
Influenced By: Blind Willie McTell, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Television, Son House...