Black keys reconnect to blue-collar roots in ‘Wild Child’ video

Did the Black Keys just give up a lucrative music career just to take jobs as a janitor and cook in high school? No, but that’s the premise of their new video for ‘Wild Child,’ as the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney attempt to ‘reconnect with their blue-collar roots’ by making hard times among today’s youth. today. “Wild Child” also marks the first glimpse of music we get from their upcoming studio album, abandonment boogie.

The Bryan Schlam-directed video shows the musicians initially showing up in a school’s teachers’ lounge, being roasted by the exhausted educators. But this ruse is only part of a larger plan for the musical duo. “We’re going to reconnect with our blue-collar roots, and then we’ll be out,” Carney says, before Auerbach assures, “For…the…album.”

It doesn’t take long for the day to turn nightmarish for the couple, who end up quitting their jobs, stripping off their work clothes for tuxedos and leaving the kids behind (with middle fingers outstretched) as they drive off in their vehicles from luxury.

The comedy video’s soundtrack features the swagger-filled new song “Wild Child,” and there’s actually a connection to the band’s over-the-top video storyline and the couple recently rekindled their love of music at the course of the latest discs.

After taking a break, the group returns in 2019 with let’s dance., but it is true that they did not immediately feel that they were on the right track. “We had separated and reconnected,” Carney recalled to rolling stone. “It was really good to go back to the studio, but we were still learning how to work with each other.”

Last years Delta Kream The covers album followed, with the duo beginning to reclaim the mojo again. “We recorded it in one day, no overdubs, and it’s one of my favorite records we’ve ever made,” says Delta Kream’s Auerbach. “And that made us want to rehearse the project, get in there and let it roll and see what happens.”

“It ended up being a great group reset. It just showed us that the most important thing is that it’s fun,” Carney said.

So almost immediately after Delta Kream arrived, the pair were back at it starting abandonment boogiewhich counts Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound, American singer Sierra Farrell and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top among their collaborations.

“I feel like Pat and I are in a better place than we’ve ever been,” Auerbach, along with Carney, told Rolling Stone, “This one, we thought deeply about what we were doing but we never struggled with anything. No big disagreements.

“Pat and I have always wanted this,” adds Auerbach. “We still have the same drive. We want to create something good. We never lost that, I don’t think. It’s our favorite thing to do, that passion for making records.

abandonment boogie is due out May 13 via Nonesuch Records. The full artwork and track listing can be seen below. Pre-orders are available herewhile “Wild Child” is now available through multiple platforms here.

The band previously announced a summer tour in support of the album. Get dates and details here.

The Black Keys, lyrics from “Wild Child” (by AZLyrics)

i’m just a stranger
With a crooked smile and I wonder, ah
Your heart is in danger
Come closer now, let me tell you a lie

wild child
You make me run through the turnstile
Baby, come with it and I’ll make it worth it
You gon’ get my love today, yeah

you are a sweet dream
With a tender heart and a beautiful smile
But things are not what they seem
So I let you go and dream for a while

wild child
You brought me out of exile
Baby you know I like your style
You gon’ get my love today, yeah

I just wanna hold you at the end of each day
Girl, I want to please you, oh, I need you to stay
The sun will shine if you just wanted to go out and play
Baby, won’t you show me your wild child ways

wild child
You make me run through the turnstile
Baby, come with it and I’ll make it worth it
You gon’ get my love today, yeah

wild child
You brought me out of exile
Baby you know I like your style
You gon’ get my love today, yeah

The Black Keys, “Wild Child”

black keys, abandonment boogie Artwork + track list

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01. Wild Child
02. It’s Not Over
03. For the Love of Money
04. Your team looks good
05. Good Love
06. How Long
07. Burn That Fucking Thing
08. Happiness
09. Baby I’m Coming Home
10. I didn’t like you

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