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The Black Keys, composed of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, have been touring in promotion of their latest album, ‘El Camino,’ with great success in Europe and North America for months now, and they will go on with live shows until next fall. While on the road, the blues-rock duo from Akron, OH, has been accompanied by director Noah Abrams who is putting together a documentary on the phenomenal band.
According to the director himself, the documentary will revolve around the relationship between the two guys from Ohio who started their collaboration in 2001, and who have grown as musicians together ever since.
In an interview with SPIN magazine, Abrams defined some of the traits of his experience with the rock duo, and what to expect for the documentary. “A lot of music documentaries spend too much time trying to make people cool. I’m fortunate enough to know these guys pretty well and their relationship is pretty incredible and very funny,” said Abrams “They’re guys that grew up around the corner from each other. They worked and worked and worked and toured and toured and slept in a van and worked their asses off and now they’re selling out arenas.”
It is no secret that these two guys have worked hard to reach the position they are in today within the music scene. In 2010 they hit it big time with their album ‘Brothers,’ but rather than resting on their laurels, they kept on working on new material while touring. This inspired wild rhythms, but also the graceful creation of the album ‘El Camino.’ Through the record, Auerbach and Carney succeeded in canalizing their enormous talent into a mature and glorious work, which also seems to be an anthem for their lack of fear of exploration and innovation.
The astonishing result has been much appreciated by the wider audience: including fans, critics and other musicians. Recently, actor/musician Jack Black (Tenacious D), defined The Black Keys in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, as one of the last representatives of true rock ‘n’ roll, together with Jack White and the Foo Fighters.
The celebration of Auerbach and Carney’s hard-working attitude and success seems to be the moving force behind Abram’s documentary “I think it’s a testament to their talent and hard work,” Abrams said; he then added, “We’ve gotten some amazing footage so far. For as big as these guys are now, they’re still two guys from Akron. The comedy is usually endless with these two.” The director expressed his hopes for having the documentary completed for the 2013 film festival season, and he is hoping for a theatrical release.
If you want to catch the chance to see The Black Keys playing live, you will find the complete schedule for their tour here.
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