The Black Keys
are an American blues rock
music duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach
and drummer/producer Patrick Carney
. The band was formed in Akron
, in 2001. As of October 2010, the band has sold over 1.7 million records.
Early history and The Big Come Up (2001–2002)
The Black Keys are Dan Auerbach (guitar and lead vocals) and Patrick Carney (drummer). According to an interview on NPR
's Fresh Air
the name came from a schizophrenic artist named Alfred McMoore that the pair knew; he would leave incoherent messages on their answering machines referring to their fathers as "black keys" such as "D flat" when he was upset with them.
The band released their debut album, The Big Come Up
, in early 2002. The album was very successful for a new independent rock band. Along with their second album, it was recorded entirely in drummer Patrick Carney's basement on an 8-track tape recorder from the early 1980s. The album spawned two singles released as an EP
, "Leavin' Trunk
" and "She Said, She Said
". Both are cover songs; "Leavin' Trunk" is a traditional blues standard and "She Said, She Said" is originally by The Beatles
. "I'll Be Your Man" would later be used as the theme for the HBO
. "Breaks" was featured in the 2008 film RocknRolla'
Thickfreakness era (2003)
The band released Thickfreakness
in April 2003, which... Read More