It’s been nearly two years since the Black Keys released an album, 2014’s Turn Blue. It was their first album to debut at number one, yet it failed to capture the public’s attention and imagination like their 2011 album, El Camino, did. There wasn’t a “Lonely Boy” or “Gold on the Ceiling” on it. Turn Blue had “Fever,” but it didn’t have the same anthemic impact.
Since then, the band has been relatively quiet. Singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach recorded an album with a new band, the Arcs, while Patrick Carney did…well, other things. He got into a Twitter fight or two (something he has a history of doing) and even possibly a real fight, threw out the first pitch at a Cleveland Indians game this year and continued to host his own show on satellite radio once a month. Recently, both members of the Black Keys were at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, inducting Steve Miller, walking away from it feeling a little too much like GOB Bluth. It felt like the first time in a long time that the two of them have been seen together and it started to make us think about the group’s future. Uproxx’s John Hugar and Ryan O’Connell elected to suss this one out.