Sorry, my headline is trying to be a play on Michelle Obama’s “When they go low, we go high”. Hopefully it didn’t come off as bad as that time Melania Trump misappropriated her speech. Or Mac DeMarco seemingly stealing from Mitski for that matter. Anyway, “Lo/Hi” is the title of the brand new song by The Black Keys, the first music we’ve heard from them since Turn Blue came out five years ago.
If Turn Blue was a slightly disappointing psychedelic twist on The Black Keys’ out-of-the-garage blues, “Lo/Hi” is a definite return to the grooving, ’70s-sounding party rock that was very prevalent on 2011’s El Camino. Have a listen via Spotify.
Messrs. Dan Auerbach and Carney are being mum about other details, like if this is just a one-off or when album number nine may be on its way, as well as an associated tour. The band are rumoured to be among the main acts for Michael Lang’s Woodstock 50 event. And who is that sitting at the control panel in the image above? It sure isn’t Danger Mouse!
Adding to the intrigue is how Third Man Records’ social media accounts congratulated them on how “Nashville rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well” because of their new song. Does Jack White know this? Him and Dan had a bit of a tiff not all that long ago as you may recall; with co-headline tours being all the rage this summer (Beck and Cage the Elephant, Bush and Live, The Smashing Pumpkins and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and so on), I for one would NOT complain if The Black Keys and The Raconteurs kissed, made up, copied this idea and barnstormed through outdoor amphitheatres all over North America!