When the Black Lips announced they were working on a new album this past December, it was still up in the air who would collaborate on the album and produce it. Bassist Jared Swilley set the record straight recently, revealing to Hollywood Reporter that a portion of the Atlanta punk rockers’ upcoming album will be produced by Black Keys drummer Pat Carney.
The Lips, who have worked with English producer Mark Ronson in the past, are now promising a follow-up to 2011’s Arabia Mountain that combines “club bangers and southern rock anthem[s].” Swilley also disclosed their new collaborating partner, one that they’d talked of enlisting previously, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox.
Although the Lips have taken their raucous punk rock to very unlikely places on their 2012 four-week tour across the Middle East—performing in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Cyprus—the group isn’t ready to settle yet. The group is tossing around the idea of becoming the first band to perform on all seven continents.
“We’re working real hard to get to Antarctica right now,” they said. “There is a research centre there and it has a pub. There are 1,500 to 1,600 contractors and scientists working there, so we just have to get the money to get down there.”
Idle talk, you say? The Black Lips don’t mess around. See for yourself: Kids Like You and Me, the tour documentary that follows the band on their Middle East tour, is set to release on DVD soon.