Everybody – headbangers, rap fans, the guy who puts together those flashy highlight clips on Sportscenter – loves The Black Keys. And, after seven successful studio albums and ungodly heaps of praise, nobody would bat an eye if the Akron duo took a much-deserved vacation. That doesn’t seem to be in the cards, though. Per Rolling Stone, The Keys are already working on a follow-up to El Camino. Says guitarist Dan Auerbach, an isolated recording session in Nashville sandwiched between tour dates inspired the as-yet unnamed project.
When asked about the album, Auerbach was at a loss for details, shedding light on the band’s eclectic process: “We don’t talk about it. We don’t plan it. We start recording, and then all of a sudden it starts to take shape and we have an idea.”
Excitement should still be building all the same. The Black Keys have been riding the same hard rock-fueled train for years now, catapulting themselves from popular regional act to international fame. The fact that they continue to drop albums with such frequency makes them all the more endearing; releases this consistent are more reminiscent of rappers on hot streaks like Lil Wayne circa 2008 or Wiz Khalifa circa 2010. We’ll be waiting with open arms.