"I don't want to go somewhere too pre-planned. We always want to go somewhere different," says the group's Patrick Carney.
The Black Keys are certainly looking forward to getting their North American tour underway on Sept. 5 in Columbus, Ohio. But given their druthers, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney wouldn't mind logging some studio time sooner rather than later to start making a follow-up to their chart-topping Turn Blue, which came out in May.
"I think if it were up to Dan and I, and we didn't have to consider the fact that we need to complete the full tour circuit, we'd probably be back in the studio in January," Carney tells Billboard. "I think by the time this record came out we were ready to make another one. We started the band because we wanted to make albums. We wanted to make one record, and then we found out we had to tour. We didn't play our first show 'til after our first record was recorded, so it's always been about making records, and it's been a process in growing to become good performers."