It is no secret that I have an unabashed and overwhelming love of The Black Keys. I have been a huge fan since the beginning and tend to think everything they put out is pure rock genius. I’ve seen them live countless times now both at their own headlining blustering, face-melting gigs and also opening for Pearl Jam on a whole leg of a tour. Luckily, I got to see the evolution of The Black Keys moving from smaller stage to bigger stage over the course of three Bonnaroos until they were ripping up the big daddy mainstage on a warm Saturday night just this past summer. If you think the mere combo of one lanky guy in glasses banging on drums and one guitar fiend shredding while he sings the purest blues rock around wouldn’t be enough to totally light up a field in Manchester, Tennessee and blow the minds of 80,000 spectators – think again. The sound and the fury that Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach can conjure with just two dudes and two instruments is truly something to behold.
The same can definitely be said for their records. From The Big Come Up to Rubber Factory to Attack & Release to the almost-perfect-from-beginning-to-end Brothers, which helped the two unlikely rock gods from Akron, Ohio shoot up to the big leagues with huge hits (that I’m sure you all know and love by now) like ‘Howlin’ For You’ and ‘Tighten Up’ – The Black Keys stand alone in their ability to be both completely retro with their southern-rock simplicity and insanely progressive with their unique take on what it is to be a rock band in 2011. So, you can understand my elation in knowing their new record, El Camino, comes out December 6th and promises even more groundbreaking new jams from my favorite of all bands named after parts of a piano.
How do I know it’s going to be so awesome you ask? Well, for one…it’s The Black Keys. Then there’s the little matter of the first single “Lonely Boy” which was sneak previewed to us fans last week and suffice it to say, it totally kills. The Black Keys + a choir = greatness. Once again, Dan’s voice swells and saunters while his deep, driving guitar combines perfectly with Patrick’s hard hitting, straightforward 60s mod-esque drums. A familiar yet somehow reinvented version of themselves. The catchy-as-all-get-out chorus of, “oooh oooh oooh I got a love that keeps me waiting” is impossible to not instantly sing along to while bopping your head and feeling the urge to suddenly want to get down at some kind of sweaty southern BBQ/garage dance party. If this is any indicator of what the world has to look forward to with El Camino, I can safely say that we are all in for quite a ride.
The Black Keys are known for their irreverant and comical videos, definitely never taking themselves or their music too seriously which is hugely evident with the teaser video for ‘Lonely Boy’ which, in my humble opinion, is perfection. Check it out here and FY-you guys…if you preorder El Camino on their website the boys of The Keys will shoot you an instant download of the single, which is a nice little treat to tide you over until December. While you’re there, do not miss the video “trailer” for the album which features the mad comic talent of one Mr. Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Mr. Show with Bob & David) as a used car salesman trying to get his local ad for a hot deal on an El Camino done right…in a word, A-Mazing.
See Also: Every record The Black Keys have ever put out. Literally. I’m not even joking.