The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach says he’s finished ‘extra weird’ solo album

Follow-up to 2009 debut 'Keep It Hid' is coming in the 'late summer'

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys is set to release a new solo album.

Auerbach, also a much sought after producer who worked with Lana Del Rey on her latest album, released his debut solo LP ‘Keep It Hid’ in 2009, now preparing to follow it up. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the musician said that he’s “just finished up” work on the lone effort, claiming to be “really excited about it”. He also confirmed that the record will come out in the “late summer”.

“It was cut really quick in a week and a half, two weeks of recording,” Auerbach added. “I just wanted to do my thing and get extra weird… I wanted everything to flow [and] be cohesive. A lot of the songs bleed one into the other, a lot like the Grateful Dead – my favorite records that they did. So I’ve got a lot of connected songs. It’s basically everything I love about music all wrapped up into one record – that’s all!”

The Black Keys frontman also stated: “I’m just finishing up the artwork now, working on a cartoon video with this kid who lives in Bakersfield who’s never made a video before…. Kind of ridiculous. I’m just having fun [and] basically making music with no responsibility.”

Auerbach will also release two boxing-themed songs (‘Stay in My Corner’ and ‘Tomato Can’) as a seven-inch on May 2 to mark the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight.

The Black Keys were recently forced to cancel a number of shows after drummer Patrick Carney struggled to recover from a shoulder injury sustained in January.

Carney was slammed to the ocean floor by a wave while holidaying on the Caribbean island of St Barts, and taken to hospital for treatment under anaesthesia. It is understood that Carney later battled a post-operative infection.

The band are expected to be back on the road shortly, with Auerbach saying: “It’s going to be nice. We needed that break so bad.”

The Black Keys play the following European dates:

Barcelona Primavera Sound (May 28)
Athens Rockwave Festival (30)
Isle Of Wight Festival (June 12)
Aarhus Northside Festival (14)

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