'Brothers' follow up due

The Black Keys have confirmed that they have completed work on their new studio album.

Leaving behind sterling independent Fat Possum, The Black Keys signed to a bigger label and with it achieved a larger prominence. Released in 2010 new album 'Brothers' became their most successful to date, breaking into the upper reaches of the Billboard charts.

Winning not one but TWO (count 'em) Grammy awards, 'Brothers' sparked a lengthy international tour. Still a driving, visceral live experience The Black Keys drove themselves into the ground promoting the album.

Recently cancelling a series of tour dates, the duo admitted that they were too "drained" to even contemplate going onstage again. The reason? They've completed their new studio album with Danger Mouse.

Speaking to Spin, frontman Dan Auerbach revealed that Danger Mouse has steered the band through recording sessions. "He understands all the different kinds of music we're into. He's got really great ideas about melody and song structure. For him it's all about the song," Auerbach said.

Danger Mouse produced one track on 'Brothers' but was responsible for assembling 2008's 'Attack & Release' as well as the hip hop inspired Blakroc project.

Continuing, the singer asked fans to prepare themselves for a different sound. "The new album doesn't sound like 'Brothers'. It doesn't have that open soul feel to it. It's way more driving and the tempos are really fast."

"I've never been into guitar solos. I really like when every instrument in the band is a rhythm instrument. This record has a lot of that going on - guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards all working together as a rhythm instrument. But unlike Brothers, which has more of these slower songs with an open feeling, (the new LP) is definitely fast."

Confirming a few track titles, Dan Auerbach revealed that 'Little Black Submarine' went through several different versions: "The version that we ended up with is weird. It starts with just acoustic guitar and vocals and by the end it sounds like Black Sabbath!"

The Black Keys are due to play a short Stateside tour next month. The band's new album is set to be released later this year.

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