By Michael Haskoor

Singer/songwriter Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys recently told Rolling Stone that a new album is already in the works. Drummer Patrick Carney, who is an integral part of the blues-rock style that the band is known for, was not approached by Rolling Stone, but it’s inevitable that more commentary will follow as production of the album continues. Their last album, titled El Camino, was released on December 6, 2011 and it seems that Auerbach and Carney haven’t rested since. The duo has done extensive touring, particularly appearing in New York many times, with their next NY show on September 29, 2012 at the Global Festival (a benefit concert for the organization Global Citizen) on the Great Lawn in Central Park.

Auerbach has always been fond of the studio as he’s stated in numerous interviews, and has had his hands in production for awhile now. Hence, the Keys have been back recording in the studio in between touring this summer. There were not many specific details given on this new album except that it will be approached the same as every other album, with spontaneity. A release is not yet planned as this production is still very premature. The Black Keys, who were nominated for best video at the MTV Video Music Awards last night for El Camino’s “Lonely Boy,” have been in alternative rock’s spotlight for some time now and at this rate, will remain there for the time being.