Jack White has taken triple j inside this week’s feature album - his second solo effort Lazaretto.
Speaking with The Doctor, White revealed that much of the album was inspired by of a box of old journals he found while cleaning, full of writings he’d done nearly two decades ago:
”I found a batch of things in a box, and I found some writings and they were okay," White said. "They were scribbles, different ideas, one act plays … I don’t do that much anymore. I don’t keep a journal because I’m so busy. So I thought: ‘What if I collaborated with my younger self?’ What if we wrote a song together and I taught myself to write a song?"
”It was nice," he continued. "As a teenager you don’t have any experience, you have all the hope and all the romance; I was a romantic idealist back then. Now I’m twice that age, and I’ve beejn around the world once or twice and I’m looking at it from a more realistic perspective. I still have my romantic ideals underneath but I’m very thick skinned: I’ve been bruised and insulted and I understand differently about what love means and what friendship means. I look at it in a new context and I get to tell my younger self what it’s really like. But I don’t wanna break his heart - I want him to still stay romantic."
Consequentially, White said that when it came time to name the album, he was pretty spoiled for choice:
”I was gonna call the album The Wit Of The Staircase, and it seemed like it was too high and mighty of a notion," he said. ". The Wit of the Staircase refers to the way you think of the cleverest thing after you’re walking up the stairs after an argument. In the end, Lazaretto’s a prettier word, just like [first album] Blunderbuss was. You might have to look it up to see what it means, and it might lead to some other thoughts, I dunno ”.
White also touched on an Australian tour in support of the album, speculating on what would be his first dates down under since headlining Splendour in 2012:
”I’d love to get down there," he said. "It’s just such a long flight. If you could speed the flight up, make it quicker, that would be great. I’m kidding, I don’t mind it too bad. I’d love to come down there. Hopefully it can happen pretty soon."
You’ll know more about that when we know more about that. In the meantime, cop Jack chatting to the Doc below, and keep listening to get around Lazaretto as we feature it all this week.