Power duo The Black Keys, consisting of the guitarist /vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney, is said to be regarded by some as the counterpart of the group The White Stripes. Although they may share some surface similarities, The Black Keys is a distinct American blues rock music duo, a tougher and rougher kind of rock band. The band was formed in 2001 from Akron, Ohio and has already sold more than 1/7 million records to date.
The band debuted with their album “The Big Come Up” which was released early in 2002 and for a new rock band, the album came out successfully. The album was famous for their cover of the Beatles song “She Said, She Said” and the traditional blues standard “Leavin Trunk”. The band’s second album “Thickfreakness” was released in April 2003 with the three hit singles “Set You Free”, “Hard Row”, and “Have Love, Will Travel”. Their single “Set You Free” was even featured as the soundtrack for the School of Rock and I Love You Man movies. The Black Keys’ first two albums were both recorded in Carney’s basement. In 2004, they released the “Rubber Factory” which is their first live album. This also marked the band’s rising recognition and popularity. In 2006 and 2008, they released their next albums which are “Magic Potion” and “Attack and Release” albums respectively.
Last 2010, the Black Keys released their extraordinary sixth album “Brothers”. This is by far their most successful album as it has won not only one but two Grammy Awards. “Brothers” has even sparked a lengthy tour for the Black Keys in 2011. The Black Keys tickets are now available for their upcoming tour itinerary. On most of their tours, the Black Keys are joined by their special guests Cage The Elephant. They will also be playing some shows with Booker T. Jones, Nicole Atkins & The Black Sea.
While going full throttle last year with the release of the “Brothers” and their non-stop touring, the duo still found the time to write and record their brand new album. The duo has something different in store for their fans with their upcoming album. In one interview with the Spin Magazine, Auerbach revealed that their new album doesn’t sound like the “Brothers” and the tempo on their new songs are really fast. The album will be recorded in Nashville Studios and produced by Brian Burton a.k.a Danger Mouse, who also produced their previous album “Attack and Release”. Although the album’s title and release date haven’t been announced yet, some of the album tracklist include the singles “Lonely Boy” and “Little Black Submarine”. The Black Keys have several scheduled gigs through August and September this year. Between shows, the duo are planning to spend most of their time mastering and mixing the songs in the new album. The Black Keys tickets are available online now.