The Black Keys New Album – The Black Keys are only days away from releasing their second album of swaggering blues-rock.
El Camino, the Ohio duo’s follow-up to 2010’s watershed Brothers, arrives in Chicago-area record stores and online music outlets Tuesday. It is the band’s seventh full-length — eighth if you count their 2009 rock/hip-hop collaboration Blakrock — and their fourth on Warner Bros. subsidiary Nonesuch Records.
Auteur producer Dangermouse (AKA: Brian Burton) is once again pulling the strings and turning nobs in the recording booth, having previously produced the band’s 2008 record Attack & Release and one track (“Tighten Up”) on Brothers.
His presence looms heavy on lead single “Lonely Boy” with its crunchy hooks, layered backing vocals and wall-of-sound instrumentation.
The single indicates the Keys are still evolving past their initial minimalism, though the sparse cover art (a photo of mid-90’s Chevrolet van rather than the namesake vehicle) and bare essential music videos acknowledge their origins.
Singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach has named The Rolling Stones, The Clash and The Cramps as the record’s chief influences, apparently shedding the R&B and glam-rock sway of Brothers.
If the references hold true, expect a heavy dose of raunchy, blues-punk-psychobilly stomp. As the album was recorded in Nashville, Tenn., don’t be surprised if a little country is present as well, albeit filtered through the Keys’ warped reinterpretation of American roots music.
The Black Keys will tour North America in support of the album in March, with a show at the United Center in Chicago on March 19.
The fan presale for the show is Dec. 13, while the public sale starts Dec. 17.