The Black Keys
Thursday, June 3, 2010 | 5 years ago
The Black Keys formed in 2001 and were active in the underground scene of Akron, Ohio. 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 Thickfreakness, it was recorded entirely in drummer Patrick Carney's basement on an 8-track tape recorder from the early 1980's. The album spawned two singles released as an extended play, Leavin' Trunk and She Said, She Said which are both 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 series Hung. "Breaks" was featured in the 2008 film "Rock N Rolla".The band is frequently compared to The White Stripes (also a blues-based musical duo of drums and vocals/guitar that started around the turn of the millennium) and to the stylings of The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, and Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead are fans of the band. Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has also stated in an interview that he enjoys listening to the band. Arctic Monkeys' drummer Matt Helders can be seen in a Black Keys t-shirt in an interview on MTV's RAW.Brothers was released on May 18, 2010. It features a 15 track listing. The song "Tighten Up" was released before the album as a single, along with "Howlin' for You" on the B-side. Brothers sold over 73,000 copies in its first week giving it a #3 rank on the Billboard Albums chart, their highest rank yet.