The group’s forthcoming LP ‘Dropout Boogie’ arrives in May
The Black Keys are back with their 11th studio album. The forthcoming LP Dropout Boogie arrives on May 13 via Nonesuch. It is available for pre-order on CD, standard vinyl, and digital download HERE.
The official music video for the album’s first single “Wild Child” can be streamed below.
As they’ve done their entire career, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney wrote all of the material for their new album, Dropout Boogie, in the studio, and the album captures a number of first takes that hark back to the stripped-down blues rock of their early days making music together in Akron, Ohio basements. After hashing out initial ideas at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, the duo welcomed new collaborators Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ Top), Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound), and Angelo Petraglia (Kings of Leon) to the sessions, marking the first time they’ve invited multiple new contributors to work simultaneously on one of their own albums.
Cartwright and Petraglia are both featured on the “Wild Child.”
“That’s always been the beauty of the thing Pat and I do. It’s instant,” says Dan Auerbach. “We’ve never really had to work at it. Whenever we’d get together, we’d just make music, you know? We didn’t know what we were going to do, but we’d just do it and it would sound cool. It’s the natural chemistry Pat and I have. Being in a band this long is a testament to that. It was a real gift that we were given. I mean, the odds of being plopped down a block-and-a-half from each other in Akron, Ohio – it just seems crazy.”
This summer, the band is embarking on the Dropout Boogie Tour. Band of Horses will serve as special guests for the tour. Ceramic Animals, Early James, and The Velveteers will provide support on select dates.