The Raconteurs have revealed that their most recent album suffered major delays because the band’s leader Jack White “started doing heroin”.

The band, who recently returned with their new album Help Us Stranger, took an 11 year hiatus following their last album, which came in the shape of 2008’s Consolers of the Lonely

In the meantime White was busy working with his label Third Man Record and releasing three solo albums in the shape of BlunderbussLazaretto, and Boarding House Reach. However, in a new interview with the Irish Times, the former White Stripes man has admitted that substance abuse has formed a major part of the band’s recording and, ultimately, their time away from music.

“Well, when Brendan [Benson, his Raconteurs bandmate] gave up alcohol, I started doing heroin, so that delayed things,” White told the interviewer.

White added: “It’s funny, I’m a big believer that things happen that are supposed to happen—not in any sort of religious or mystical way, but in a ‘human nature’ kind of way.”

Further down in the same interview, the band discusses that Brendon Benson’s path to sobriety is what led to The Raconteurs taking such a long break away from music: “I love performing, and in fact, I think I’m a little sharper and can really enjoy the moment and savour it, and take my time with it,” he said.

“In a lot of ways, it’s more fun [without alcohol]. And in other ways, it’s not as fun. I don’t mss the hangovers on tour, that’s for sure.”

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