By Joseph Viney
The Black Keys took their name from a turn of phrase uttered by a friend of the band. Dan Auerbach (vocals/guitar) and Patrick Carney (drums/production) would often hear their mutual acquaintance, a diagnosed schizophrenic, deem people he did not like as “…black keys”. For a long while now it has been fair to say that those who didn’t enjoy their blend of old school blues, heavy rock and lo-fi sensibilities also suffered from a debilitating mental illness. Taking their lead from such acts as The Sonics, Captain Beefheart and the White Stripes, Black Keys have effectively carved out their own niche and built up a dedicated fan base. As well as this they have been given free reign to conduct themselves as they see fit.