The Black Keys Don't Expect To Match El Camino's Success

05/20/2014
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(Radio.com) The Black Keys don't expect Turn Blue to sell as many copies as El Camino. It's not because they don't think this album is as good as their GRAMMY-winning album from 2011, it's just the mindset the guys go into the studio with. They want to temper expectations.

"It's just logic, you know, what goes up must come down," drummer Patrick Carney told Radio.com over the phone hours before his band hit the stage at this past weekend's Hangout Fest in Alabama. "I think after the success of [2010's] Brothers, the odds were that the next one would not do that good. And [El Camino] did better. But the odds are for sure that this won't do as well. I think we both hope it does, but we just don't expect it to."

With Turn Blue, the band ditched some of their Midwestern garage-blues roots for something a bit more psychedelic. Turn Blue is more of a headphone record than one you blast out of your El Camino driving down dirt roads.

The Black Keys will soon head over to Europe for string of summer festivals before they head back to the States in September for a 42-date trek. The latter will feature openers like Cage the Elephant, Jake Bugg and St. Vincent, whom Carney personally picked to join them this time around.

For their upcoming tour, in addition to tracks off Turn Blue, Carney and his partner Dan Auerbach also plan to delve deep into their back catalog, a treat for longtime fans. Just don't expect them to take any last-minute requests.

"We have almost 100 songs that we've released, and on any given night we play 19 or 20," Carney explained. "I don't think Dan and I have the brain capacity at any given time to know more than 30 or 40 of our songs. But we'll give it our best shot."

During our conversation, Carney talked about no longer being music's favorite underdogs, why he reads reviews (but maybe shouldn't) and how he plans to make amends with Justin Bieber over a hefty helping of Jell-O meat. Read the interview here.

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