Duo will start recording in early 2013
michael baggs
10:11 15th October 2012

The Black Keys have revealed the first details of their follow-up to 'El Camino'.

In an interview with billboard, the Ohio arena-rockers confirmed they would begin work on their ninth studio album early next year.

Front-man, Dan Auerbach, admitted he has little idea of how the new LP will sound until he and drummer, Patrick Carney, hit the studio.

"We have a couple of months blocked early next year, like February/March. Pat and I don't practice or rehearse until we go in to make the record so we won't really know what it's going to be like or what's going to happen till we get in the studio and start working on it".

After seeing their popularity rocket over the last couple of years, Auerbach confidently claimed the duo could make the new LP in just "two weeks". He also revealed the location of the recording would be "out of town" to avoid any distractions during the sessions.

"We usually start around 11 and then work till 3 or 4 in the morning and that's everyday, our favorite place to be is in the studio".

Auerbach went on to explain that this 'quick-fix' recording method is something that influences the way he listens to previous LPs.

"Our records are not really representations of our current sound. They are more of a Polaroid of those couple weeks in time for us and that's how our records kind of live, for me anyway.

"I listen to a record and I remember what I was listening to that week, where we were eating lunch and what kind of car we were driving and stuff like that."

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys live at Reading 2012

Following 2009's 'Blakroc' album that saw Auerbach and Carney join forces with hip-hop stars including Mos Def and Q-tip, they last week unveiled a new collaberation with Wu-Tang's RZA.

'The Baddest Man Alive' is a track that will soundtrack forthcoming movie 'The Man With The Iron Fists', which written and directed by RZA.

The Black Keys today released a brand new digital EP entitled 'Tour Rehearsal Tapes'.

They begin their largest ever UK tour on November 7. The first stop on the six-date tour is at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena, before continuing to Glasgow SECC, Birmingham NIA, Manchester Arena. The gigs will conclude with two shows at London's O2 Arena on December 12 and 13. For more information visit Gigwise Gig Tickets.

Listen to To The Black Keys and RZA below.

Photos: The Black Keys and more Reading Festival highlights