The Black Keys is an American rock duo formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The group began as an independent act founded after the duo dropped out of college, and they eventually emerged among a second wave of popular garage rock revival artists from the 2000s. Through October 2011, The Black Keys had sold over 2 million albums in the United States.
After signing with indie label Alive, the group released its debut album, The Big Come Up (2002), which was recorded in Carney’s basement. The record forged the group’s raw blues rock sound and earned them a new deal with Fat Possum Records.
Over the next decade, the Black Keys built an underground fanbase through near-constant touring of small clubs, frequent album releases and music festival appearances, and extensive licensing of their songs.
Their third album, Rubber Factory (2004), received critical acclaim and boosted the band’s profile, eventually leading to a record deal with major label Nonesuch Records in 2006. After self-producing and recording their first four records in makeshift studios, the duo completed Attack & Release (2008) in a professional studio and hired producer Danger Mouse, a frequent collaborator with the band.
The group’s commercial breakthrough came in 2010 with Brothers, which along with its popular single “Tighten Up”, won three Grammy Awards. Their 2011 follow-up El Camino received strong reviews and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, leading to the first arena concert tour of the band’s career.
Here is their performance for BBC RADIO 1 LIVE LOUNGE.
0:00Howlin For You,3:50Next Girl,7:00Gold On The Ceiling,11:00Thick Freakness,14:20I’ll Be Your Man,17:50Your Touch,20:50Little Black Submarines,25:30Dead And Gone,29:30Tighten Up,33:20Lonely Boy and 36:40I Got Mine