Jack White thinks rock music is overdue for a big shakeup.
Appearing on KROQ’s “The Kevin & Bean Show” the former White Stripes musician spoke about the relative lack of rock acts at this year’s big music festivals.
“Rock and roll needs an injection of some new young blood to really just knock everybody dead right now,” White said. “It think it’s brewing and brewing and it’s about to happen. And I think that it’s good.”
White explained that the ebb and flow of rock music is normal. “Since rock and roll’s inception, every 10, 12 years, there’s a breath of fresh air and a new injection of some sort of what you could, I guess, call ‘punk attitude’ or something like that, a wildness,” he said. “Things get crazy and then they get crazy for a couple years, and then they kind of get subtle, and then you’ve gotta wait for the next wave to come through and get people really excited and screaming about it again.”
The 42-year-old said he is seeing the beginnings of a new wave of great rock music even at his own record label, Third Man. “I can tell in the last couple years it’s definitely different than it was five years ago,” he said. “So I can tell something’s about to explode again.”