The group consists of Dan Auerbach guitar , vocals and Patrick Carney drums. The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a second wave of the genre's revival in the s. The band's raw blues rock sound draws heavily from Auerbach's blues influences, including Junior Kimbrough , Howlin' Wolf , and Robert Johnson. Friends since childhood, Auerbach and Carney founded the group after dropping out of college. Over the next decade, the Black Keys built an underground fanbase through extensive touring of small clubs, frequent album releases and music festival appearances, and broad licensing of their songs. Their third album, Rubber Factory , received critical acclaim and boosted the band's profile, eventually leading to a record deal with major label Nonesuch Records in
Ten years after they pulled up their stakes and moved south to Nashville, leaving their gritty post-industrial hometown of Akron, Ohio, the birth place of rubber companies, waffle cones, oatmeal, and LeBron James; Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach are back, at least metaphorically. Glenn Schwartz was our own religious version of Link Wray. That was how I got turned on to crazy ass, weird ass rock and roll when I was a kid. That made such an impact on me.