THE White Stripes rocker Jack White has announced the name of his side-project band that has already recorded its highly-anticipated debut album - RACONTEURS.

White formed the group with fellow Detroit musician BRENDAN BENSON - an acclaimed solo artist - and the pair finished taping the disc, that one insider has compared to Nirvana's NEVERMIND album, earlier this year (05).

But White is keen to point out that the Raconteurs are a full band, also featuring JACK LAWRENCE on bass and PATRICK KELLER on drums, despite the songwriting, lead guitar playing and singing being carried out by White and Benson.

He says, "It's a brand new band. It's not just me and Brendan.

"Patrick and Jack are very talented musicians. The songs are giant. They're really large.

"We'll probably be coming out with a new record next year (06). We're almost done with it. It's something totally new for me - two songwriters working together. Dual vocals, dual lead guitars, dual songwriting duties."

08/06/2005 13:36