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The Black Keys announce new record ‘Dropout Boogie’ and share first track

The Ohio duo return with their 11th album in May

By Nick Reilly

The Black Keys' Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach, 2022
The Black Keys' Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach, 2022 (Picture: Jim Herrington)

The Black Keys have announced they will return with their 11th studio album ‘Dropout Boogie’, as well as sharing first track ‘Wild Child’, which you can listen to in full below.

The Ohio duo, comprised of singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, will release ‘Dropout Boogie’ on May 13, 2022, just one day before the 20th anniversary of The Black Keys’ first record, ‘The Big Come Up’.

According to an official release, the record sees the pair “hark back to the stripped-down blues rock of their early days making music together in Akron, Ohio basements”.

The record follows on from 2021’s covers record ‘Delta Kream’ and will feature appearances from ZZ Top legend Billy F. Gibbons, Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound), and Angelo Petraglia (Kings Of Leon’s producer and co-writer).

“That’s always been the beauty of the thing Pat and I do. It’s instant,” Auerbach said of the record. “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,” he continued. “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.”

He added of Cartwright and Petraglia: “Living in Nashville and making records here has opened both of our minds to that experience a little bit more.

“I knew Pat would love working with both of these guys, so we decided we’d give it a shot. It was the first time we’d ever really done that. It was fun as hell. We just sat around a table with acoustic guitars and worked out a song ahead of time.”