The Black Keys give update on recording follow-up to ‘El Camino’

Band reckon they can knock together a new LP in 'two weeks' – but will start work next year

The Black Keys have given an update on their plans for recording a new album.

The band released their eighth studio LP ‘El Camino’ last year and drummer Patrick Carney confirmed earlier this month that he and his bandmate, singer Dan Auerbach, planned to begin work on a follow-up in early 2013.

The duo have now shed more light on their plans for the record in an interview with Billboard, with Auerbach revealing: “We have a couple of months blocked early next year, like February/March. Pat and I don’t practise or rehearse until we go in to make the record so we won’t really know what it’s going to be like or what’s going to happen till we get in the studio and start working on it.”


He also said that sessions would take place “out of town”, so they could focus on recording without the distractions of friends and family, and claimed that they were capable of making the LP “in two weeks”. “We usually start around 11 and then work till 3 or 4 in the morning and that’s every day,” he said. “Our favorite place to be is in the studio.”

Speaking about his thoughts on their previous albums, meanwhile, he said: “Our records are not really representations of our current sound. They are more of a Polaroid of those couple of weeks in time for us and that’s how our records kind of live, for me anyway.

“I listen to a record and I remember what I was listening to that week, where we were eating lunch and what kind of car we were driving and stuff like that.”

Earlier this week (October 11), The Black Keys teamed up with Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA for a new track titled ‘The Baddest Man Alive’. The song is taken from the soundtrack to the forthcoming movie The Man With The Iron Fists, which was written and directed by RZA, real name Robert Fitzgerald Diggs – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen.

The Black Keys are set to release a new digital EP, ‘Tour Rehearsal Tapes’, on October 15 and return to the UK later this year for a full arena tour.

They will kick off their six-date trek at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on December 7, before playing Glasgow SECC on december 8, 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.


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