The Black Keys have finished their seventh studio album and are set to release it later this year.
In an interview with Spin, Dan Auerbach said that the as-yet-untitled album, which is the follow-up to last year’s Brothers, was inspired by The Clash, The Cramps, old school rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and garage rock.
“The new album doesn’t sound like Brothers,” he said. “It doesn’t have that open soul feel to it. It’s way more driving and the tempos are really fast.”
The album was recorded in Auerbach’s Nashville studio with producer Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, who also produced Brothers and 2008’s Attack & Release.
“He understands all the different kinds of music we’re into,” Auerbach told Spin. “He’s got really great ideas about melody and song structure. For him it’s all about the song.”
The Black Keys are playing several gigs through August and September and plan to spend their free time mixing and mastering the album.