abandonment boogie falls on May 13
After 10 albums, the last five of which reached the top 10 or better, six Grammy Awards and sold-out tours around the world, The Black Keys are back. The duo release their eleventh studio album, abandonment boogieon CD and LP on May 13 via Nonesuch Records. The lead single, “Wild Child,” is out now with a video directed by the band’s longtime collaborator Bryan Schlam. abandonment boogie features collaborations with ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons, Reigning Sound’s Greg Cartwright and Kings of Leon’s Angelo Petraglia.
abandonment boogie will be released one day before the 20th anniversary of the Black Keys’ debut album, The big come-up. As they’ve done their entire career, the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney wrote all the material in the studio, and the new album captures a number of early takes reminiscent of the stripped-down blues rock of their early days. music together in the basements of Akron, Ohio.
“That’s always been the beauty of what Pat and I do. It’s instant,” says Auerbach. “We never really had to work on it. Every time we got together we made music, you know? We didn’t know what we were going to do, but we would and it would sound good. It’s the natural chemistry that Pat and I have. Being in a band this long is proof of that. It is a real gift that has been offered to us. I mean, the likelihood of being a block and a half apart in Akron, Ohio just seems crazy.
After working out initial ideas as a duo at Auerbach’s Nashville-based Easy Eye Sound studio, Auerbach and Carney welcomed new collaborators Gibbons, Cartwright and Petraglia to the album’s sessions. Although The Black Keys have co-written songs with frequent producer/collaborator Danger Mouse in the past, this is the first time they’ve brought in multiple new contributors to work on one of their own albums simultaneously. Cartwright and Petraglia can be heard on the new album’s lead single, “Wild Child.”
“Living in Nashville and making records here opened our minds to that experience a little bit more,” Auerbach said. “I knew Pat would love to work with these two guys, so we decided to give it a try. It was the first time we really did this. It was fun as hell. We just sat around a table with acoustic guitars and worked out a song in advance. “The cool thing about Greg is that he wants to approach things with a story in mind – there’s almost a plot,” adds Carney.
The Black Keys had previously jammed with ZZ Top guitar legend Billy F. Gibbons over a decade ago in Los Angeles, while ZZ Top was working on an album with producer Rick Rubin. “We never even really wrote a song – we just had some ideas that we wrote,” Carney said. “We really wanted to spend time with him. We stayed in touch and Dan invited him to the studio once we started working on this album.
The Black Keys will tour North America for the first time in three years starting in July in Las Vegas. Band of Horses will support on all dates, while Ceramic Animal, Early James and the Velveteers will open on select performances. International tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.