The Black Keys Definitely Releasing Danger Mouse-Produced Album By End of 2011
As PHM noted last week, the Black Keys will release their new album by the end of this year. In a recent interview with SPIN, Black Keys lead singer Dan Auerbach revealed that Danger Mouse has produced the album. Danger Mouse and the Black Keys first got together and the excellent Attack and Release album.
“It’s the fastest we’ve ever played,” singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach says of the LP’s new songs, which he says were inspired by the Clash, the Cramps, and old rock’n’roll, rockabilly, and garage rock records. “The new album doesn’t sound like Brothers. It doesn’t have that open soul feel to it. It’s way more driving and the tempos are really fast.”
He says that the Keys were seeking a group groove: “I’ve never been into guitar solos. I really like when every instrument in the band is a rhythm instrument. This record has a lot of that going on — guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards all working together as a rhythm instrument. But unlike Brothers, which has more of these slower songs with an open feeling, [the new LP] is definitely fast.”
So fast, in fact, that the sound may be tough to recreate live. “Pat’s never played drums like this before — he’s never played this fast,” Auerbach says of his bandmate. “He’s definitely worried about being able to play some of these songs live.”
PHM is definitely pumped about this album. Check out the oldie but goodie video for Your Touch by The Black Keys.