Shirlaine Forrest

Just nine months after the release of the Black KeysEl Camino, their seventh studio album, the Ohio-bred blues-rock duo have returned to the studio to start work on their next release.

Frontman Dan Auerbach tells Rolling Stone that he and drummer Patrick Carney did some initial recording this summer in Nashville during breaks in between touring. Talk about workaholics.

"We spent a week in the studio," Auerbach said, adding that it wasn’t "the most focused studio session," though the brief meeting with Carney did "get some ideas down and started the ball rolling."

However, the actual vibe of the new album is still up in the air.

"We never know what's going to happen. We don't talk about it. We don't plan it. We start recording, and then all of a sudden it starts to take shape and we have an idea,” Auerbach said, adding that the album is like a “Snapshot of a moment in time. We like to let them be like that. Sort of a spontaneous thing."

The guys will be at the Staples Center for the VMA’s tonight in Los Angeles where they are up for Best Rock Video for "Lonely Boy" along with their date Derrick T. Tuggle, the "human dancing machine," the video’s inspiration.

"Patrick called me two or three weeks ago thanking me for my hard work, and they wanted me to be there," Tuggle told MTV.

Wow, not only do they work too hard, but they’re also nice guys. Hey Black Keys, you’re making us look bad.

Check out the latest video from the Black Keys, "Little Black Submarines."