How did they get started?
The Black Keys is an American indie rock duo that consists of guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney. The Midwesterners first started jamming together in high-school in Akron, Ohio. In 2001, Auerbach was set on his solo career as a musician and asked Carney to help him record a few songs with a backup band. When the band didn’t show, he ended up rehearsing with Carney instead and the two blended together seamlessly.
That same day, they created a raw demo of six tracks and sent it out to a bunch of labels. Luckily, an independent label in L.A., Alive, offered them a record deal as soon as they heard their garage-rock sound. They released their debut album, The Big Come Up, in 2002, followed by Thickfreakness (2003). While the duo recorded both of the albums in Carney’s basement, their music attracted many outside of their hometown.
Their fifth album, Brothers (2010), marked the beginning of a new era in the Black Keys’ musical journey. Under the wing of producer/DJ Danger Mouse, it won three Grammys and sold nearly a million copies. Auerbach and Carney quickly broke boundaries and became the hottest indie rock act that would take over radio channels, TV commercials, and music festivals all over the globe.
The Black Keys had no intention of taking a break after the release of Brothers: they recorded their successive album El Camino less than a year after. Its first single “Lonely Boy” immediately made its way through chart-topping lists with its catchy chorus and upbeat tempo and the album landed the second spot on Billboard 200.
Auerback and Carney released two singles off their latest album Turn Blue (2014) in March and April and are showcasing the album on a European tour throughout the summer.