The Black Keys' Patrick Carney: 'Perfect music is boring'

Drummer says that people are 'losing an ear' for rougher art

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The Black Keys' Patrick Carney has said that music that is too perfect is "boring".

The drummer, who was speaking to Jam, claimed that people had "lost an ear" for rougher music and claimed that too many artists were writing songs that sounded like they should be played in an elevator.

He said:
Perfect music is boring music – that's the kind of stuff they play in an elevator. I think people are losing an ear for [raw music]. I think everybody has it but you've got to exercise it.

He went on to add: "When you turn on the radio it's all kind of perfectly sequenced, perfectly written, perfectly performed by machines. It's hard not to listen to The Who and really understand these are wild men going crazy or Led Zeppelin – these are human beings that play that, it's all hard to kind of put that in perspective. We just try to make music what we love to make and have fun."

In January of this year, Carney also claimed that there was a current lull in guitar music and blamed the success of Canadian band Nickelback for its decline. He added: "Rock'n'roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don't like to see it fucking ruined and spoonfed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous shit."

Meanwhile, his bandmate Dan Auerbach claimed earlier this month (March 1) that talking about the death of rock'n'roll is "stupid" and cited the popularity of bands such as Foo Fighters as proof that interest in guitar music wasn't on the wane.

The band, who released their seventh studio album 'El Camino' last December, spoke to NME last month, where they admitted they didn't believe their stint playing arenas would last long. Carney commented: "By no means are we the best band on the planet. We happen to be one of the more popular bands around right now. Music is an ever-changing thing, and we're lucky enough to be enjoying a brief moment near the top. But that won't last very long."

Earlier this month, a collaboration between Auerbach and BBC Sound Of 2012 poll winner Michael Kiwanuka was posted online. To listen to the track 'Lasan', scroll down to the bottom of the page and click.

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