Out this week is “Under great white northern lights” the new concert movie and live album from Detroit minimalist blues, rock duo, The White Stripes.
Directed by Emmett Malloy, the tour documentary follows the group on their first-ever tour of Canada, but it’s no ordinary tour as they ignore the usual stadiums and head for smoky bars and grungy rock clubs, bowling alleys and even a city bus in Winnipeg, a flour mill, and on a boat in the harbor of Charlottetown. Not only does the movie feature much of the band’s astounding live perforomances, it includes a rare insight into the former husband and wife’s relationship in a series of personal interviews and intimate footage of them rehearsing and writing new tracks.
The movie is already being favourably compared to rockumentary classics such as the Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter”, and, unsurprisingly for a band who’s image, artwork and stage show is so clearly defined, it looks amazing, using a rich colour palette and camera effects against the barren Canadian landscape.
Check out the trailer below.
The movie is in cinemas now and the live album can be purchased here.