Two people are rarely able to sound as brutal as The Black Keys do. But then again, two people are rarely like Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney: loud, a little imbalanced and overdosed on blues, glam and soul. The Black Keys have, with great negligence, muscled their beast into all the dark corners of this world, and it is therefore only fitting that they are on their way to becoming a staple of personal music libraries everywhere.
Their biographer will have a hell of a time tying together all the loose ends when it finally comes down to capturing all the innovations, projects and ideas that Auerbach and Carney have given life to. They joined forces with Damon Dash to make Blackroc, Auerbach has flown solo, Carney has had a side project whose members consisted exclusively of drummers, and together they were in the process of writing material for a collaboration with Ike Turner. It is what’s often referred to as a work ethic. And that The Black Keys have managed to sell a few million albums is a clear signal that their hard work has not only paid off, but that people have also understood just how good music can be.
After humming “Lonely Boy” to pieces for almost a year, it is all too obvious that the little secret we wanted to keep for ourselves is out. And even if this makes us just a little bitter, we can’t help but rejoice in announcing that the almighty duo from Akron, Ohio will be coming to Way Out West this summer. Because, at the end of the day, we know that only the best are good enough for the best.