The duo is formed, drawing influence from the garage rock and punk genres as well as Jack White’s passion for American folk music. The band members’ mysterious relationship is often mentioned in reference with the group. White describes his reasoning for forming a duo:
I could see that it was impossible to get your ideas across, with all the people — the soundman, lighting people, producers — you had to go through. I suppose that put me in the direction of a two-piece band.