The Black Keys say they’re ready to make new album

But drummer Patrick Carney says touring plans may postpone studio sessions

The Black Keys have said that they are ready to start work on a new album.

In an interview with Billboard, drummer Patrick Carney said that he and bandmate Dan Auerbach wanted to begin work on a follow-up to their last LP ‘El Camino’ immediately, but acknowledged that their plans would likely be held up by touring commitments.

“I think if it were up to Dan and I, and we didn’t have to consider the fact that we need to complete the full tour circuit, we’d probably be back in the studio in January,” he said.

“I think by the time this record came out we were ready to make another one. We started the band because we wanted to make albums,” he added. “We wanted to make one record, and then we found out we had to tour. We didn’t play our first show ’til after our first record was recorded, so it’s always been about making records, and it’s been a process in growing to become good performers.”

Speaking about their plans for the album, meanwhile, Carney said: “It’s not like we have an idea of what direction we want to go in or anything. I’d like our next record to be… I don’t want to go somewhere too pre-planned. We always want to go somewhere different.”

The Black Keys recently announced plans to tour the UK in 2015. The band will return for a run of five arena shows in February 2015. The US duo, who released their latest album ‘Turn Blue’ earlier this year, will kick off the tour in Manchester at the Phones 4u Arena on February 27 before playing in Birmingham, Glasgow, London and Leeds.

The Black Keys will play:

Manchester Phones 4u Arena (February 27)
Birmingham LG Arena (28)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (March 1)
London The O2 Arena (3)
Leeds First Direct Arena (5)

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