The Black Keys Release New Track ‘I Forgot To Be Your Lover’
The Black Keys have shared the second single from their forthcoming album Ohio Players – a rendition of William Bell’s I Forgot To Be Your Lover, featuring the band’s good friends Tommy Brenneck and Kelly Finnigan. Watch the lyric video below.
Ohio Players is available to pre-order now on limited smokey coloured vinyl, CD and cassette.
“We had this epiphany: ‘We can call our friends to help us make music,’” drummer Patrick Carney says of Ohio Players, the title of which nods to the duo’s Akron, Ohio roots. “It’s funny because we both write songs with other people – Dan all the time [as a solo artist and producer], me when I’m producing a record. That’s what we do.”
In a recent interview with Uncut, the band opened up about their upcoming album, “We embraced the idea of getting out of our comfort zone, which is Dan’s studio,” said Patrick Carney. “We were trying to have an adventure while we made the record. So we booked a few sessions out in LA: we worked at Valentine in the Valley, and in Sunset Sound. We got in a room with Dan The Automator, we did a track with Greg Kurstin as well. While we were out there, we’d do these record hangs where we’d invite a friend or two and bring our 45s and basically spin records for four hours.”
Dan Auerbach went on to describe working with Beck, “[He’s] very prolific with his writing, especially lyrical content – it’s like turning on a faucet. So whenever we get him in the studio, we just hit the ground running and we’re making songs as soon as we can.”
Meanwhile, a new documentary about the band will be given its world premiere at the 2024 edition of SXSW festival. Titled This Is a Film About the Black Keys, the film traces Auerbach and Carney’s journey from basement jams in Ohio to rock’n’roll superstardom. It was directed by Jeff Dupre, who is best known for his 2012 film Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present.