Funky psychedelic-blues band, The Black Keys (TBK) formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. The throw-back duo consisted of smashing vocalist and lead guitarist Dan Auerback and drummer Patrick Carney. After playing the local scene for a short while, in 2002 the tandem released their first album, The Big Come Up.
For an unsolicited record the album had great success, which led to a contract with Fat Possum Records. In 2003, TBK released their first album under their new label titled Thickfreakness. The record contained the same retro-bluesy sound that was on their first record and led to an opening tour spot for Sleater-Kinney. The band gained fans worldwide with their Beatles meets White Strips sound leading them to quickly produce a new record one year later.
Critically acclaimed Rubber Factory dropped in 2004 and received strong reviews while receiving modest radio play. Renowned musicians from around the world noted the brilliance of the band’s work. Critics argued TBK’s live shows garnered them as much attention as their records. Furthermore, Time Magazine named them the third best act of 2003.
In 2006, the hipsters from Akron switched to a major record label and released Magic Potion. The record contained the same bluesy sound with some experimental work mixed in. Two years later, they stayed in the same musical vein and dropped Attack and Release. Although a little different, TBK continued their success touring and playing music festivals. Hollywood also took to the classical blues sound, as many of TBK’s songs were featured on soundtracks of major motion pictures. They continued their experimental sound throughout 2010 with the release of Brothers. Somewhat tougher, hit songs “Next Girl” and “Tighten Up” earned the band three Grammy awards.
One year later, the band returned to its dirty-blues roots and dropped El Comino. Critics praised their hard-driven explosive sound, which also became a radio favorite. “Lonely Boy” topped musical charts and won Grammys for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. TBK stuck with their soulful psychedelic sound two years later, when they released Turn Blue.
Turn Blue was positively received by fans and critics. After its release, the record reached No. 1 on album charts in Australia and the US. Today, the band continues to tour, occasionally taking breaks to spend time with friends and family. Often they can be seen headlining their own events or hippie filled music festivals.