When they finally did, it took them years to decompress from a decade on the road. Although the duo is starting an arena tour in September, this time they are determined to pace themselves. We love mistakes — the right mistakes. They can make all the difference. Carney had a simple explanation for why the Black Keys put the band on pause at their commercial peak. But it pulls you further away from what you actually want to do, which is make music. Which is the whole point of why we wanted to be in a band. It can be maddening. This year, the Black Keys signed on for — and then quickly pulled out of — Woodstock 50, the now-embattled anniversary festival that may take place in mid-August.
Let's Rock stylized with single quotation marks is the ninth studio album by American rock duo the Black Keys. After collaborating with producer Danger Mouse for their previous four records, the duo decided to self-produce Let's Rock and to eschew keyboards in favor of a basic recording approach of guitar, drums, and vocals. Drummer Patrick Carney called the album "an homage to electric guitar". Carney worried about the band's future, pointing out that groups such as the Sex Pistols , the Band , and the Beatles had all played their final concerts in San Francisco. Carney said that it was Auerbach who made the decision to take a break, and despite being frustrated with the length of it, Carney thought it was the right thing for them to do. Both felt burned out from constant touring and thought that the songwriting process, their favorite part of being musicians, had become overshadowed by touring commitments. And I know you can't have your cake and eat it too — we've got to go perform them.
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They headlined arenas and festivals, touring ceaselessly while licensing their music to seemingly any brand interested—which, for a time, felt like all of them. As the band tells it, they burned out, though during their time off Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney both continued making music at their typically relentless clip, just not with each other. For some bands, that time apart might have yielded an epiphany that reshaped their approach.
The group consists of Dan Auerbach guitar , vocals and Patrick Carney drums. The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a second wave of the genre's revival in the s. The band's raw blues rock sound draws heavily from Auerbach's blues influences, including Junior Kimbrough , Howlin' Wolf , and Robert Johnson. Friends since childhood, Auerbach and Carney founded the group after dropping out of college. Over the next decade, the Black Keys built an underground fanbase through extensive touring of small clubs, frequent album releases and music festival appearances, and broad licensing of their songs.