A broken heart is blind: The Black Keys – Little Black Submarines

Video, Audio, Lyrics, full story – have fun: “Little Black Submarines” originated as a demo recorded by guitarist Dan Auerbach and producer Brian Burton that saw several alterations. The band recorded it “four or five different ways” before playing it in a sparse, acoustic arrangement. The group had a louder version of the song, but believing that it “wasn’t completely working”, they spliced it after the acoustic version to create a mix with two contrasting sections.

According to drummer Patrick Carney, the harder-rocking second half was the first time that the band played that arrangement. He said, “That whole ending is the first take we played, just figuring out what we’re doing and riffing on that idea. That’s why that part of the album feels the loosest. It’s how Dan and I play.

Dan Auerbach & Patrick Carney

It’s live in the studio, just guitar and drums, with the instruments bleeding into each other.” Auerbach called the electric portion of “Little Black Submarines” the “closest representation of our live show than anything we’ve done before”. The song concludes with a guitar solo that Auerbach described as his “jock-rock moment”. More by Wikipeadia…


The Black Keys – Little Black Submarines [Official Music Video]

Little black submarines
Operator please
Put me back on the line
Told my girl I’d be back
Operator please
This is wrecking my mind

Oh, can it be
The voices calling me
They get lost and out of time
I should’ve seen it glow
But everybody knows
That a broken heart is blind
That a broken heart is blind

Pick you up, let you down
When I wanna go
To a place I can hide
You know me, I had plans
But they just disappeared
To the back of my mind

Oh, can it be
The voices calling me

They get lost and out of time
I should’ve seen it glow
But everybody knows
That a broken heart is blind
That a broken heart is blind

Treasure maps, falling trees
Operator please
Call me back when it’s time
Stolen friends and disease
Operator please
Pass me back to my mind

Oh, can it be
The voices calling me
They get lost and out of time
I should’ve seen it go
But everybody knows
That a broken heart is blind
That a broken heart is blind
That a broken heart is blind…

The music video for „Little Black Submarines“ was directed by Danny Clinch and filmed during the group’s live performance at the Springwater Supper Club and Lounge, a small dive bar in Nashville, Tennessee. The venue, formerly a speakeasy, was the first place in the city to obtain a liquor license. Auerbach said, „It’s a really cool building. It’s been there forever. It’s got a lot of history. It’s one of three or four different little small dive bars in town. It’s special because it’s so old.“

Small number of fans

The Black Keys allowed a small number of fans into the venue for filming of the one song before deciding to play an entire show. They originally had a storyline in mind for the video but ultimately abandoned the idea in favor of a conventional performance video. Auerbach said, „We all just sort of kind of mutually agreed that it should probably just be the performance and not any of the other extra stuff.

Luckily we had live footage so we turned it into a live video. We just sort of said ‚You know, it was fun kind of performing here at a small club with the fans. Why don’t we just have it be that?'“ The video premiered on September 4, 2012.

An autostereoscopic version of the video was featured on Nintendo Video for the 3DS on the premiere date.

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The seventh studio album

ElCamino00 El Camino is the seventh studio album by American rock duo the Black Keys. It was co-produced by Danger Mouse and the group, and was released on Nonesuch Records on December 6, 2011. The record was the follow-up to the band’s commercial breakthrough, Brothers (2010), and was their third collaboration with Danger Mouse. El Camino draws from popular genres of the 1950s–1970s, such as rock and roll, glam rock, rockabilly, surf rock and soul. The band cited several retro acts as musical influences, including The Clash, The Cramps, T. Rex, Ramones, The Beatles, Sweet, The Cars and Johnny Burnette. Danger Mouse contributed as a co-writer on each of the 11 songs alongside guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney.

Little_Black_Submarines_single_cover The album was recorded from March to May 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee, at Easy Eye Sound Studio, which Auerbach opened the year prior.

Car-Toured in an El Camino

The band approached writing and recording differently than on previous albums, as they entered the studio without having written any material and deliberated longer on how to structure songs. After struggling to translate the slower songs from Brothers to a live setting, the band wrote more uptempo, hook-laden tracks for El Camino. The album’s cover art depicts a minivan similar to one the group toured in early in their career, but in an inside joke, they named the record after the El Camino muscle car. A faux newspaper advertisement and parody car commercial playing on this joke were used to promote the record prior to release. More Wikipedia…


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