The Black Keys return with their 9th studio album, Let’s Rock via Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records on June 28th. The long awaited album, their first in five years, is a return to the straightforward rock of singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney’s early days as a band. The Black Keys thirty one city North American tour begins September 23rd.
Auerbach says, “When we’re together we are The Black Keys, that’s where the real magic is, and always has been since we were sixteen.”
The second song from the record, “Eagle Birds” debuts today. It follows the previously released single, “Lo/Hi.” Let’s Rock is available for pre-order here
Let’s Rock was written, tracked live, and produced by Auerbach and Carney at Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville and features backing vocals from Leisa Hans and Ashley Wilcoxson. “The record is like a homage to electric guitar,” says Carney. “We took a simple approach and trimmed the fat like we used to.”
Formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001, The Black Keys have released eight studio albums: their debut The Big Come Up (2002), followed by Thickfreakness (2003) and Rubber Factory (2004), along with their releases on Nonesuch Records, Magic Potion (2006), Attack & Release (2008), Brothers (2010), El Camino (2011), and, most recently, Turn Blue (2014). The band has won six Grammy Awards and headlined festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Governors Ball.
Since their last album together, both Auerbach and Carney have been creative forces behind a number of wide-ranging artists:
Dan Auerbach formed the Easy Eye Sound record label, named after his Nashville studio, in 2017, with the release of his second solo album, Waiting on a Song. Since its launch, Easy Eye Sound has become home to a wide range of artists including Yola, Shannon & The Clams, Dee White, Shannon Shaw, Sonny Smith, Robert Finley, and The Gibson Brothers; it also has released the posthumous album by Leo Bud Welch as well as previously unreleased material by Link Wray.
Patrick Carney has produced and recorded new music with artists such as Calvin Johnson, Michelle Branch, Damns of the West, Tobias Jesso, Jr., Jessy Wilson, Tennis, *repeat repeat, Wild Belle, Sad Planets, Turbo Fruits, and more. He also created the theme music for the Netflix TV show BoJack Horseman with his late uncle, Ralph Carney.
“Let’s Rock” Track Listing:
1. Shine A Little Light
2. Eagle Birds
4. Walk Across The Water
5. Tell Me Lies
6. Every Little Thing
7. Get Yourself Together
8. Sit Around And Miss You
10. Breaking Down
11. Under The Gun
12. Fire Walk With Me
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