The Black Keys discuss Grammy nominations and new album sessions

Band are in the running for five gongs at next year's awards ceremony

The Black Keys have spoken out about the five nominations they’ve garnered for next year’s Grammy Awards.

The band are on the shortlist for five gongs, including Best Album for their ‘El Camino’ LP and Record Of The Year for ‘Lonely Boy’, while Dan Auerbach is also nominated for Producer Of The Year due to his work on the band’s own record as well as releases by Dr. John and Hacienda. See for a full list of nominations.

Earlier this week, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon said he still hated the Grammy Awards despite winning in the past because it makes bands “question what you’ve done”. But speaking to Rolling Stone, Auerbach said he was pleased to have been nominated. “I’m excited about all of them,” he said. “The producer one was a real shock to me. I was just really, really happy for Mac [Dr. John] to get nominated. I was texting with him last night. He’s excited.”

Auerbach also revealed that the band had celebrated by having an impromptu party on their tour bus, adding: “I had tequila. Pat was having greyhounds [vodka with grapefruit juice]. We were on the bus so we got pretty, pretty drunk.” Speaking about his own favourite record of the year, meanwhile, he plumped for the same release which was chosen as NME’s Album Of The Year – Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism’. “Man, I really like that Tame Impala record,” he said. “It’s a great record. Cool sounds.”

He also gave an update on the band’s plans for their next studio album. He said: “Late January is when we’re going to record. We never really rehearse or practice before we get into the studio. We’ll just get in there and see what happens. I’ve been writing every day, but I never know what’s going to be a song we use or not, you know.”

The Black Keys are currently touring the UK. They will play Glasgow SECC this evening (December 8) before going on to play dates at Birmingham NIA on December 9 and Manchester Arena on December 11. The tour will conclude at London’s O2 Arena on December 12 and 13.