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

Band plan on hitting the studio in July

The Black Keys have spoken about their plans for the follow-up to ‘El Camino’ and revealed that they will start work on the album in July.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, drummer Patrick Carney said that he and his bandmate, singer Dan Auerbach, would be hitting the studio next month to work on a new studio LP – but hinted that the record is unlikely to be released until 2013.

Asked about their immediate plans for the future, Carney replied: “We’re going back in the studio in July. We’ll have a couple weeks to start the next album then.” Asked if the album would be released next year, meanwhile, he added:

That’s what we hope for, yeah. We don’t know when we’ll be done but we’re starting it in July. We might not finish it until March since we have to tour so much but we’ll see. We don’t know what’s going on. After July, we’ll be able to know how long it’ll take.

Carney also revealed that the band were beginning to attract attention from female punters for the first time, adding: “The weirdest thing that’s happened on this tour is it’s the first time we’ve ever experienced women flashing us – only in Canada, though. It only happens in Canada.” Asked what he made of the spectacle, however, he replied: “I can’t see it. I didn’t even have my glasses on. But my drum tech will tell me what’s going on.”

Yesterday (June 22), it was reported that The Black Keys are suing both Pizza Hut and DIY store Home Depot for allegedly using songs from ‘El Camino’ without permission. The band are also set to release their own documentary. Noah Abrams, the director behind the yet-untitled film, has said he had no plans to shoot a straight band documentary and revealed that the movie is a “buddy movie with perhaps the greatest soundtrack of all time”.

The Black Keys will be playing this summer’s Reading and Leeds Festivals. See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds, and for more information.