10 years of Brothers by the Black Keys

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The Black Keys
Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

After 10 years, this album is considered to be commercial breakthrough for The Black Keys. On May 18 2010, the group released their sixth studio album Brothers.

Brothers won three Grammy Awards: one for the Best Recording Package, another for the Best Rock Perfomance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (due to Tighten Up) and lastly and more importantly, for the Best Alternative Music Album.

The album sprouted three different singles: ‘Next Girl’, ‘Tighten Up’ and ‘Howlin’ for You’. Rolling Stone put the song ‘Tighten Up’ on its list of the 15 Best Whistling Songs of All Time. The single also achieved success by hitting number one on both the Alternative Songs chart and the Rock Songs chart. ‘Howlin’ for You’ is featured on the soundtrack of the EA Sports video games and numerous television series.

Did you know that…?

  • …’Howlin’ for You’ beat is based on Gary Glitter’s 1972 song ‘Rock and Roll (Part 2)’.
  • …the first “official music video” of ‘Tighten up’ had a hand puppet named “Frank” syncing the lyrics and dancing. The Black Keys didn’t like it much and later replaced that video.
  • …’Howlin’ for You’ is used as the theme song to the Australian police drama television series, Cops L.A.C.
  • …Michael Carney, the brother of drummer Patrick Carney designed the album’s art direction.

The Black Keys

The Black Keys are an American rock band, formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The band is led by Dan Auerbach (guitar) and Patrick Carney (drums). They are the most iconic band of garage rock’s revival in the late ’00s. Indeed, the rockers had a breakthrough in their career with their single ‘Tighten Up’, from the album Brothers released in 2010, which won three Grammy Awards. A year later, they struck again with their album El Camino including their festival anthem ‘Lonely Boy’. They have performed at most of the major music festivals in the world, including Lollapalooza and Glastonbury. Last year, they returned with new music.

To know more, visit their website.

Martyna Frelich
I'm Martyna and I'm 21 years old. Law student living in Poland. My journey with music started in 2011. Since then music has begun to be a huge part of my life. My biggest dream is to create my own festival from scratch. I listen to all kinds of music, but rock is always in my heart.