Black Keys Look to 2013 for New Record, Tour
The Black Keys are still on the road supporting their most recent album, yet they’ve already announced that fans can expect a new album and tour next year.
“We’re going to start making a new album in January and we’re going to tour a little more in the spring,” drummer Patrick Carney said in an interview to CBS Local. “Our plan is to have the new album done by the end of spring or earlier, then hopefully take a few months off to do normal things like go to bed early and wake up early, walk the dog, that kind of stuff. Then we’ll probably by back on the road starting next fall.”
He also said that the actual release date will be determined by how long it takes to actually make the album, coupled with when the band wants to get out on the road again.
“It [an album] is definitely gonna happen in 2013,” Carney continued. “It’s just a matter of how long it takes [to] make the album and deciding when we want to get back on the road. With El Camino, it was mastered and mixed around June 15th [of 2011]. We were aiming for a September release date with that record, but we decided that if we pushed it back to December, we could end up having a kind of low-key three months. It didn’t work out that way because we ended up playing all these shows and doing a three-week promo trip. Whenever we try to build in breaks and time off, it doesn’t work out. But next year, we’re also committed to a vacation.”
Carney said that the group is once again in talks with Danger Mouse to produce the album, but he doesn’t know yet if that will happen.
“I talked to him [Danger Mouse, aka Brian Burton] on the phone a couple weeks ago to see what his schedule is like,” Carney said. “If we ever work with a producer, it’s always going to be him. We’ve been working with him since 2007, since Attack & Release, and we’re all really good friends. But he’s also really busy, producing so many records lately, so hopefully he has the time. He’s producing U2’s record – that takes priority over us! [laughs]”