The Black Keys have a lot of opinions — from feeling sorry for Lana Del Rey to accusing Nickelback of killing rock and roll, the duo don’t mind courting controversy with their comments. And it hasn’t seemed to hurt them in any way, as their El Camino tour boasts two sell out shows at Madison Square garden this week. In their most recent bout of foot-in-mouth, drummer Patrick Carney said, “Perfect music is boring music — that’s the kind of stuff they play in an elevator. I think people are losing an ear for [raw music]. I think everybody has it but you’ve got to exercise it… When you turn on the radio it’s all kind of perfectly sequenced, perfectly written, perfectly performed by machines. It’s hard not to listen to The Who and really understand these are wild men going crazy or Led Zeppelin — these are human beings that play that, it’s all hard to kind of put that in perspective. We just try to make music what we love to make and have fun.” While everyone is entitled to their opinion, we think the Keys are forgetting that their “raw” sound has literally taken the world by storm in the past year. Moreover, it seems the Keys have a fairly blinkered vision of what “real music” is, and we’d love to teach the boys to appreciate some seriously upbeat dance-pop with us because we think there’s room enough for all styles and genres! Can anyone say, Lady Gaga?
The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney: ‘Perfect music is boring’ [NME]
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An excerpt from Rolling Stone‘s January 2012 issue’s cover story (on newsstands soon) has tongues wagging across the Internet today, as The Black Keys‘ Patrick Carney took what can only be described as a devastatingly large swipe at Nickelback. Speaking candidly to Rolling Stone, Carney said, “Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world… So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be sh*t — therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. F**k that! Rock & roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don’t like to see it f**king ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous sh*t. When people start lumping us into that kind of sh*t, it’s like, ‘F**k you,’ honestly.”
Speaking of “honestly”, we’re honestly a little bit dumbstruck by the comment — as a completely unprovoked attack, it seems a quite malicious and in poor spirit. We can understand why musicians have seen a void in rock music of late — what with the trend towards Euro-dance, high energy pop and Adele in 2011 — but we’re not sure that the attribution of blame for this is so quantifiable. And we’d like to know who exactly is “lumping” The Black Keys with Nickelback; to us, the two bands present two very different sounds, and we think it would be an oversight to say they are of similar influence. We’re not saying that The Black Keys should be Nickelback fans, we’re just surprised that Carney’s statement was filled with such unnecessary vitriol towards the Nickelback. Come on guys, there’s enough room on the charts for everyone, and we like to think that there will always be a place for rock & roll, no matter what other contemporary trends emerge.
Cover Story Excerpt: The Black Keys [Rolling Stone]
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