The Black Keys' New Album Details (That We Know So Far)
After coming out of the 2013 Grammys with 4 awards (though, one was for Dan Auerbach's producing), The Black Keys are primed to continue their ascension to the top of the rock scene. They won 'Best Rock Song' for Lonely Boy, 'Best Rock Album' for El Camino, and 'Best Rock Performance' for Lonely Boy. That's pretty good for two boys from Akron, OH who originally toured in a van. Now, the burning question since their superb 'El Camino' dropped back in late 2011 has been "When is the next one coming out?" Luckily for fans, Dan and Pat like to keep busy. Now, most Black Keys fans know this already. The Keys were touring pretty much all through 2012 and hadn't really gotten time to step into the recording studio. That's until now. Here I will list everything we currently know about the upcoming album.
1. They started recording in January 2013
Speaking in an article from NME, Dan said "We're going to start making the new album in the second week of January and we're hoping to have it done by some time in March." He continued, saying, "Then we have a couple of weeks touring, then we're going to take the summer off, which we haven't done for a while. The record isn't written yet, we'll do it when we get into the studio. This is when we both work best, when we're dying to make an album. All of our records take place in the studio, in that we make stuff up while we're there."
2. It will definitely come out in 2013
In an earlier NME piece, Carney said, "It [an album] is definitely gonna happen in 2013. It’s just a matter of how long it takes us to make the album and deciding when we want to get back on the road." So, clearly it is coming out in 2013. It's currently slated for a late 2013 launch, according to the band. Now, whether that means December (the month El Camino was released) or earlier remains to be seen.
3. They will be teaming up with Danger Mouse again
It looks like the Black Keys will be partnering with their long-time collaborator Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) once again. They started working together on the 'Attack and Release' album and went on to use him lightly for their follow-up in 2010, Brothers. He was only a co-writer on one of the tracks, which was 'Tighten Up', arguably the single that launched them to rock stardom. Danger Mouse was a full contributor on El Camino and produced / wrote the whole album, alongside Dan and Pat.
Here's what Auerbach had to say on the matter, in an interview by MTV at the Grammys: "We are going to get in the studio with him but we've been working for the past month [it's] just [been] the two of us," Keys frontman Dan Auerbach said. "[The songs are just] sketches. We won't know for another month, I don't think, honestly." He went on to say, "We're basically going to make this record more like we made Brothers,where we had some help from Brian but we did a lot of it on our own," Carney added. "We're just going to play it by ear and when we do need help, we'll ask for Brian to come in and help us out. He's kind of our guy."
So, fear not! While Burton's presence might not be as great as on the last album, the Keys are more than capable on their own, since Brothers was a sublime album.
That's all, folks
For now, that's about all we know. They haven't really dished on what it will sound like, but we can pretty much assume it will involve major bluesy rock elements. Whether it will continue El Camino's rockabilly vibe remains to be seen, but it will no doubt bring some more funky, bluesy riffs in tow. I will update this post if I find anything more about the record.