As arguably the most popular Blues-Rock group today, The Black Keys have certainly made an impact on music, and Patrick Carney has definitely played a major role in their success. The drummer celebrates his 34th birthday today!
Patrick was born in Akron, Ohio. At a young age, he was influenced heavily by fellow Akron band Devo, as well as Captain Beffheart and Pavement. After meeting Dan Auerbach at a young age in his neighborhood, the duo would go on to extreme success.
In 2001, Auerbach and Carney formed The Black Keys. With a heavy, driven sound filled with bluesy riffs, the Keys released their first album in 2002. The group began to amass a following and continued to build their fanbase over the next three albums.
In 2008, with the release of Attack & Release, the duo reached a highpoint in their career. The album reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot 200 and brought the Keys into the limelight.
Following the successful fifth studio album, Auerbach departed for a solo tour. Carney formed his own project, titled Drummer, in 2009 and released a single album.
The Black Keys got back together late 2009 and released their 6th studio album, Brothers, in 2010. As a follow-up to their extreme success Attack & Release, Brothers put the keys further into stardom. The album won 3 Grammys in 2011.
The Black Keys continued in the spotlight with their 2011 release of El Camino. The album reached number 3 on the Billboard 200.
In a stunt so unique it’s amazing someone hasn’t thought of it sooner, the duo announced the release of their new album Turn Blue (out May 13th) via Mike Tyson’s Twitter feed along with its first single “Fever”, and the album’s second single “Turn Blue” was released yesterday (April 14th). Check it out below!