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Jack White Says New Album, 'Blunderbuss,' Is Inspired by Death

Jack White's new album, Blunderbuss, will be released April 24, and we've posted previews and videos of two singles, "Sixteen Saltines" and "Love Interruption."

But for those of you who wonder what inspires White these days -- let alone what a blunderbuss is -- The New York Times has the answer: death.

White told The Times that death is one of the central themes and motifs of the new album.

"I was writing the liner notes the other day, and it seemed like it had a lot to do with that [death]," White said. "For some reason, that was overwhelming throughout the lyric writing."

Last week, White mentioned that he missed being in The White Stripes, adding that their split wasn't up to him alone and that if he had the chance, he'd "make a White Stripes record right now."

But, speaking to last month, White said there is "absolutely no chance" he'd ever reform the band, saying he'd only consider it if he "went bankrupt."

By the way, a blunderbuss is a short musket with large bore and flared muzzle, used to scatter shot at short range. Old-timey pirates used to love these things.

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.