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The Black Keys have already begun laying down ideas for their next album, according to a Rolling Stone interview with singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach. The Keys frontman revealed that the duo "spent a week in the studio" during a July break in Nashville, adding that it wasn't "the most focused studio session," but that he and drummer Patrick Carney did "get some ideas down and started the ball rolling." Auerbach added that the Keys will officially begin recording in early 2013, saying, "We might not finish it until March since we have to tour so much, but we'll see."
Auerbach told us a while back that he and Carney never go into the studio with a plan: "We don't rehearse, we don't practice, we just go into the studio and we just start improvising and coming up with stuff, finding things we like, and then expanding on those ideas, and it's just kind of trial and error. And then once we get the form of the song down, then we cut it, and we cut it live, start to finish, so that at the foundation of every song is a live performance."
Auerbach echoed those words to Rolling Stone, saying that the duo "never know what's going to happen" in the studio, adding that each album is "a snapshot of a moment in time. We like to let them be like that. Sort of a spontaneous thing."
Auerbach also plans to continue producing other acts, having worked or continuing to work this year with Dr. John, Jeff The Brotherhood, country singer Nikki Lane and others.
The Keys issued their seventh studio album, El Camino, last December. The disc has sold nearly 950,000 copies since its release.
The Keys will launch a two-week U.S. tour on September 29th in New York City at the Global Festival.