Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach shows up sans Patrick Carney for his solo debut Keep It Hid. It’s wasn’t too long ago that the duo themselves released their fifth album, Attack & Release Release; in fact, Auerbach wrote a bunch of these new songs while on the road in support of it. Auerbach produced the album by himself in his Akron Analog studio mentioning he “wanted a live, organic sound. Nothing was too plotted or planned, just a lot of spontaneity.” He got what he wanted because he performs most of it (drums, guitar, percussion, and keyboards) minus the occasional guest like his uncle James (not Robert) Quine, who adds vocal harmonies and electric guitar on “Street Walkin,” Jessica Lea Mayfield (vocals on “When the Night Comes”) and Bob Cesare (drums on “Whispered Words”). DA says the collection’s “a mixture of things I like to listen to, psychedelia, soul music, country harmonies.” Lead track “I Want Some More”’s a grimy, bluesy down-and-dirty love/lust song that should go over well with fans of the Black Keys.

You’ll get to see him do it in person, if you so wish: He heads out on tour by his lonesome in February. One of the opening acts, Hacienda, will serve as his backing band.

Keep It Hid is out 2/10 via Nonesuch. The live dates:

02/28 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/01 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Club
03/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/03 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
03/06 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
03/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
03/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
03/11 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
03/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s
03/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

[Photo by James Quine]

Comments (20)
  1. mitchell  |   Posted on Dec 19th, 2008 0

    God, does this man ever rest? I think he’s been touring non-stop since I first noticed The Black Keys when Rubber Factory came out, it’s possible he’s been touring long before that. I really like this track, but then again with that soulful voice of his he could sing Barney songs and I’d still dig it. Definitely looking forward to his solo album, I wonder how this will play out live. Either way, I bought tickets to see the Black Keys on February, so all’s good.

  2. Fuzz bass makes everything better

  3. Sounds just like The Black Keys!

  4. Yeah, so far I don’t understand this project. I mean, Dan is amazing and any new music by him is appreciated, but based on this song, it sounds like The Black Keys. Looking forward to hearing more though.

  5. Black keys own – this project owns

  6. Uncle Jim's Neck Mole  |   Posted on Dec 19th, 2008 0

    This shit is personal!!!!!

  7. cookie  |   Posted on Dec 19th, 2008 0

    what’s to understand? it’s just rad!

  8. ChrisVictorious  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2008 0

    i can’t wait for this album to come out! my hopes are that, if it is at least half as good as any black keys album, it will be amazing. keep up the amazing work!

  9. sorry carl  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2008 0

    Great song. Thanks Dan.

  10. T-Bone  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2008 0

    Like the song sez, I want some more… Love it!

  11. Y E S !

  12. Greg  |   Posted on Dec 20th, 2008 0

    Great stuff.

  13. Just try not to think about it. Tom Petty’s solo albums make even less sense since they usually have the Heartbreakers on them anyway. Just let the artist do what they do and you will reap the benefits.

  14. Dan  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2008 0

    It is extremely similar to The Black Keys, but being a 2 member band… remember that Dan is carrying 50% of that influence over. I really think there are differences though, keyboard, bass and guitar all at once, it’s really something that can’t be done with TBK.

  15. Amber  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2008 0

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i cant wait to see him live in chicago!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Wow. I like the black keys……But I find it rather funny that the front man of a two member band prefers to do a solo project. Awesome.

  17. Johnny  |   Posted on Dec 22nd, 2008 0

    Great song. Ofcourse it sounds a little like TBK.Dan’s 50% of TBK….duh.
    Hope the whole reord will sound like this.Can’t wait and want some more!

  18. Ryan  |   Posted on Feb 6th, 2009 0

    The 10th can’t come soon enough!

  19. Keep It Hid is amazing — it’s gotta be the beard!

  20. sweet jezussss thats smooth

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