One of the dangers of putting together a list like 2013's Most Anticipated Rock Albums is that you may miss a high-profile release. Well, the year is only a few days old, but there's another band to add to the list: the Black Keys.
In an interview with Uncut that was tracked down by NME, frontman Dan Auerbach made it clear that the duo are heading back to the studio soon to work on the follow-up to El Camino. "We're going to start making the new album in the second week of January and we're hoping to have it done by some time in March," he said. As for what it's going to sound like, well, they don't know. "The record isn't written yet," he explained, "we'll do it when we get into the studio. This is when we both work best, when we're dying to make an album. All of our records take place in the studio, in that we make stuff up while we're there."
The band are on a hot streak considering that their last two albums have both gone platinum. Meanwhile, two of their singles, "Lonely Boy" and "Tighten Up," were certified gold. Not to mention the fact that the Black Keys are up for several Grammys, including Record of the Year (for "Lonely Boy") and Album of the Year (for El Camino). When the band went into the studio to make El Camino, they were hoping to capitalize on the commercial momentum of Brothers, the record that launched them into the mainstream. Clearly, the Black Keys are betting they can catch lightning in a bottle twice in a row.
Right now, this new record is expected to be released by December. 2013 was already shaping up to be an interesting year in rock. The Black Keys just gave us another reason to get excited.
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