Out Now: Jack White Unleashes His Innovative, Offbeat Rock Fury on ‘Fear of the Dawn’ (Listen)


Adrian GarroCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

When Jack White revealed he had not one, but two new albums scheduled for release in 2022, the mind raced with ideas.

Would the singer/songwriter/guitarist/label head/cultural icon be exorcising his most experimental leanings over the course of two widely different collections of songs? Or would both be guitar-forward, garage-rock adventures similar to his early days with the White Stripes?

Released today, April 8, Fear of the Dawn is the first of those two records, and it was led by the buzzy burst of “Taking Me Back”:

The loud & proud opening song blends right into the title track, and before long it’s evident this is a “let it all out” type of record from White.

Take “The White Raven,” with its almost Tool-meets-Black-Keys energy, for example:

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White is a musical chameleon, having shifted approaches and projects over the years with ease, blending into each musical persona with precision. But with Fear of the Dawn, he’s Jack White again — comfortable with himself and confident in his musical expression.

Rapper Q-Tip shows up for “Hi-De-Ho,” a mash-up of styles that works well:

White has always been hard to pin down with his various projects and creative endeavors. 2018’s Boarding House Reach was noted for its experimental leanings, while drifting somewhat away from the guitar-centered energy of his previous two solo albums (and, of course, his White Stripes material).

Fear of the Dawn plugs the guitars back in and rocks out, and the results are a reminder of just what’s made Jack White one of the most innovative figures in rock and roll for the past two decades.

The next record, Entering Heaven Alive, is expected out later this year.

Listen to Fear of the Dawn below.

Catch Jack White and his backing band on the Supply Chain Issues tour in the coming months — the updated schedule, with listed support acts:

April 08 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre (SOLD OUT) †^
April 09 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre (SOLD OUT) †^
April 10 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena ^
April 12 – Chicago, IL – Credit Union 1 Arena §
April 13 – Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center §
April 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center §
April 16 – Laval, QC – Place Bell #
April 17 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena **
April 19 – Washington, DC – The Anthem **
April 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center ##
April 23 – Portsmouth, VA – Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion ^^
April 24 – North Charleston, SC – High Water Festival *
April 26 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle ^^
April 27 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle §§
April 28 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle ##
April 30 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater ##
May 01 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater §§
May 23 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ***
May 24 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center ***
May 25 – Austin, TX – Moody Center †††
May 27 – El Paso, TX – El Paso County Coliseum †††
May 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre †††
May 29 – Las Vegas, NV – The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan †††
May 31 – Los Angeles, CA – YouTube Theater ^^^
June 01 – Los Angeles, CA – YouTube Theater §§§
June 03 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center ^^^
June 04 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre ###
June 06 – Portland, OR – Moda Center ****
June 07 – Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum ****
June 08 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena ****
June 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre ††††
June 11 – Broomfield, CO – 1STBANK Center ††††
June 12 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater††††
June 27 – London, UK – Eventim Apollo @
June 28 – London, UK – Eventim Apollo +
June 30 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium @
July 01 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Live +
July 02 – Leipzig, Germany – Haus Auensee <
July 04 – Berlin, Germany – Verti Music Hall <
July 05 – Prague, Czech Republic – Forum Karlin <<<
July 07 – Lyon, France – Le Radiant @@
July 08 – Barcelona, Spain – Cruïlla Festival*
July 10 – Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival *
July 12 – Carcassonne, France – Festival de Carcassonne @@
July 14 – Zurich, Switzerland – Samsung Hall ++
July 15 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle ++
July 16 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National <<
July 18 – Paris, France – L’Olympia >>
July 19 – Paris, France – L’Olympia >>
July 20 – Paris, France – L’Olympia >>
July 30 – Yuzawa, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival*
August 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory ^^
August 14 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom^^^^
August 16 – Milwaukee, WI – UWM Panther Arena ^^^^
August 17 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park ^^^^
August 19 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage #
August 21 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark ††
August 23 – Portland, ME – Cross Insurance Arena §§§§
August 24 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion §§§§
August 25 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre §§§§
August 27 – Huntsville, AL – Orion Amphitheater ####
August 28 – St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis Music Park ####
August 29 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre ####
September 15 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond*
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