The Black Keys release their eighth studio album, called Turn Blue, on Tuesday (May 13th). The new disc encompasses a lot of different moods and expands on the duo’s garage-blues style. Drummer Patrick Carney said in a statement about the record back in March, “We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record — not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either. On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds.”
Singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach told us a while back that he and Carney never plan out their records:
“We don’t rehearse, we don’t practice, we just go into the studio and we just start improvising and coming up with stuff, finding things we like, and then expanding on those ideas, and it’s just kind of trial and error. And then once we get the form of the song down, then we cut it, and we cut it live, start to finish, so that at the foundation of every song is a live performance.”
- The new disc follows up 2011’s El Camino, which featured the hit singles “Lonely Boy” and “Gold On The Ceiling.”
- Although the Keys scored their first commercial breakthrough with the song “Tighten Up” from 2010’s Brothers album, El Camino completed their transformation from indie stars to arena headliners.
- The Black Keys will headline the Hangout Festival in Alabama on Friday (May 16th) before kicking off a massive North American fall tour on September 5th in Columbus, Ohio, wrapping up on December 21st in Kansas City.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Turn Blue was produced by Danger Mouse and the Black Keys and was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood last summer.