Same As It Ever Was

The Black Keys keep it real

"I knew that somebody would have a problem," Carney says. "I wasn't worried. I was just waiting for it to happen so I could get annoyed because, you know, it is our job.

"As far as the whole indie thing goes," Carney continues, "if somebody just didn't like the record, it's fine. That's what people get paid to do — express their opinion. But I do think if there was some sort of weird indie backlash, which I don't think would happen, but if it did happen, I would call any motherfucker out on that."

He laughs. Despite some powerful drumming with much abandon, Carney possesses a lithe body that could be mistaken for a basketball goal post, and the scrappy skin-hitter maintains that in the end, The Black Keys are just keeping it real.

Two for the road: The Black Keys stay on the beaten path.
Pieter M. Van Hattem
Two for the road: The Black Keys stay on the beaten path.

"If you're a band and you take a political view and say you're not a sellout, you're going to set yourself up to be a hypocrite," he says, "but all Dan and I have ever committed to is making music that we like to make and doing it honestly. That's more than most bands can say, I think."

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