The Black Keys have finished recording a new album with producer Danger Mouse, according to an interview that singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach gives Spin.
The sound on the album, the band's seventh studio effort, is a bit of a departure, Auerbach explains, influenced by bands like The Clash and The Cramps as well as rockabilly and garage rock records. "It's the fastest we've ever played…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," says Auerbach. "Almost every song on the record has a foundation of live drums and guitar together in the room. It's guitar bleeding into the drum mics. It's pretty raw."
Brian Burton, also known as Danger Mouse, has served as producer for the band’s last two albums and returns to help with the new one. Auerbach acknowledged that the band has a great working relationship with Burton saying "he understands all the different kinds of music we're into…he's got really great ideas about melody and song structure. For him it's all about the song."
Auerbach discussed one of the tracks on the album called "Little Black Submarine" saying the band “recorded it four or five different times in different ways…it starts with just acoustic guitar and vocals and by the end it sounds like Black Sabbath!"
While the band hasn't announced the new album’s title, track list or release date, they have scheduled a few festival dates this summer across the U.S.
Here are the tour dates for The Black Keys:
8/6 – Kansas City, KS, Kanrocksas
8/13 – San Francisco, CA, Outside Lands Music Festival
9/10 – Columbia, MD, Virgin Mobile FreeFest
9/24 – Atlanta, GA, Music Midtown
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