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- Posted on Jun 11th 2010 10:20AM by Mike Ayers
"We couldn't pull it off," said drummer Patrick Carney. "We were too old. Kind of like, not thin enough, not androgynous enough."
Indeed, the Black Keys are a muscular band -- there's nothing emo or wimpy about them. It's what Carney calls "garbage."
"When we first started out, we could only make things sound like garbage," Carney said. "But we liked the way garbage sounded, and so we had no problem. Then we started encountering problems when we wanted things to sound like really nice garbage. It's hard to get things to sound big and trashy."
Along with rocking some hard-edged glam-blues, the Black Keys recently were the force behind Blackroc, a collaboration between the duo and some of hip-hop's brightest stars: Jim Jones, RZA, Raekwon and Mos Def, to name a few. As one might expect, working in this rhythmic heavy environment seeped into the 'Brothers' sessions.
"We started every song with bass and drums rather than guitar and drums," Carney explained. "We found that when we approached making music that way, we had a greater ability to zone in on the groove and then think about melody afterwards, so it's kind of a better skeleton. That's how we made 'Brothers,' doing the same thing for the most part."