June 13, 2013


The Black Keys' Patrick Carney Producing New Black Lips Album

Erin Fotos/WireImage
Erin Fotos/WireImage

Atlanta's party-boy garage rockers the Black Lips are heading to Nashville to continue recording their new album with the Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney.

Bassist Jared Swilley told The Hollywood Reporter that Carney will produce part of the new record in Music City. Swilley added that the yet-to-be-titled LP, the quartet's follow-up to 2011's Arabia Mountain, will be a mix of "club bangers and southern rock anthems." It will also feature Deerhunter frontman/longtime friend/fellow ATL native Bradford Cox.

Back on May 31, the Black Lips tweeted about the upcoming LP: "Working on the new album kids! Sh-ts gone be tiighhht!" The Black Lips had been recording in New York City and added that they'd worked with "Tom Brenneck from Budos Band he gets killer sounds!"

And the Lips might even record a new collabo track with rapper Riff Raff. On June 5 Mr. Raff tweeted, "WHAT ROCK BAND SHOULD i MAKE A SONG WiTH?" The Lips quickly responded: "definitely us. Working on a new album now" and "we're in LA now. Hit us up."

In related news, the Black Lips recently released a new documentary, called Kids Like You and Me, which chronicles their tour of the Middle East last fall. It took the quartet through Egypt, Jordan and even Iraq, among other countries. 

Now they want to be the first band to perform on all seven continents: "We're working real hard to get to Antarctica right now," Swilley said. "There is a research center there and it has a pub. There are 1,500 to 1,600 contractors and scientists working there, so we just have to get the money to get down there."

The Lips' next tour begins June 20 in Italy.