The Dead Weather was created because four musicians had some time off from their other bands.
The Kills' vocalist Alison Mosshart, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Dean Fertita, the Raconteurs' bassist Jack Lawrence and the White Stripes/Raconteurs' Jack White (who plays drums for Dead Weather) got together at White's Third Man studio and played a few songs.
"We were only planning to record one song, though," said Fertita during a telephone interview from Chicago. "But then the next thing we knew, we had written four songs."
So the four decided to see where the collaboration would take them.
"We ended up writing and recording the album ("Horehound") in 21 days," Fertita said. "We really didn't know what we had, to tell you the truth. But when the sessions winded down, we liked what we heard. And one thing led to another and the Dead Weather turned into this full-time thing."
That doesn't mean the musicians are leaving their other bands behind, Fertita said. "No, we're doing Dead Weather during our break and will go back to the other bands when we're done."
Fertita said unlike other bands composed of established musicians from other well-known bands, the Dead Weather members didn't feel like they had to prove anything.
"It was actually inspiring to do this," he said. "There was no pressure. We were so used to doing things we're told to do in the other bands. So, with the Dead Weather we were able to take risks. It was really interesting for us."
"Horehound" was released on iTunes in March and on CD in July and debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 6.
"It's funny because we're on this tour and have done about 20 shows and we're still just learning about each other," said Fertita about his bandmates. "But it's cool. It's like watching something evolve."
The main thing on Fertita's mind is to keep the live show interesting.
"We're playing, basically, the whole album in the set," he said. "And we're trying to work out ways to continue to make it fun for us and the audience. You know, keep it spontaneous. But we aren't planning to play any new songs we've just written.
"No, in this era of YouTube, we're going to wait until we record them for the next CD."
If you go...
What: The Dead Weather
Where: The Depot, 400 W. South Temple
When: Aug. 18, 8 p.m.
How much: $25
Phone: 801-467-8499, 800-888-8499
Web: www.smithstix .com