Whilst it may be sad for some (well, most) music lovers that the White Stripes hung up their red outfits, it has meant that main man Jack White can focus on his many other musical endeavours. The self confessed music addict has been throwing himself into his Third Man Records in Nashville, coming up with ingenious ways to further the resurgent love of vinyl and make purchasing music an exciting prospect again. The added bonus of this avid love of the game is the Live At Third Man series, whereby different artists and bands do instore performances with Jack White producing the results in a simple yet cool black sleeve. Past recipients have included Nobunny, The 5 6 7 8's, Reggie Watt and Conan O'Brien (yes, THAT Conan). But my personal fave has to be Tyvek's performance recorded on the 27th of September last year. The performance perfectly captures the intensity of their live reputation. Its 17 tracks of balls to the wall fast paced punk fury, full of vitriol, vigour and more than a little fun, and helps to highlight just how underrated last year's Nothing Fits really was. Sure, the comparisons to Black Flag and their ilk are obvious, but the truth is that Tyvek create short sharp stabs at the jugular with an alarming rate of success. These songs are addictive, Tyvek are amazing, and White is a cracked genius.
You can purchase the live 12" here.
Tyvek - Frustration Rock (live at Third Man)
Tyvek - 4312 (live at Third Man)