The Black Keys have been on a roll recently. Their 2010 album Brothers debuted at Number 3 on the Billboard Charts, they won a GRAMMY for Best Alternative Music Album and have been featured in countless advertisements. The duo show no signs of slowing down any time soon. They recently announced (via a hilarious video that features Bob Odenkirk) that their new album, El Camino, will be released on December 6th of this year. The Keys’s brand of blues-infused rock is a breath of fresh air to the mainstream music scene that has been dominated by synth pop recently. So, in honor of their recent success, we here at Vs. decided to compare them to one of OurStage’s best blues rock bands, Lloyd’s Garage.
Just like The Black Keys, Lloyd’s Garage is a duo comprised of a guitarist/singer and a drummer. However, having a small band actually works to their advantage, using raw energy to make up for the lack of other instruments. “Blackbird” illustrates a few similarities between the two groups. The song begins with a distorted, bluesy riff that repeats itself throughout the song. Since Lloyd’s Garage does not have a bass player, this riff acts as both the melodic and rhythmic basis on which the song is built. This is a technique that The Black Keys have been using for years, and it is a major factor in how they can write such great songs with only two members. But the biggest similarity between the two bands might be the vocals. Both Seth Heitzmann (Lloyd’s Garage) and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) have great rock and roll voices. Heitzmann’s voice shares Auerbach’s soulful bluesy snarl, but with a slightly lower pitch. Nevertheless, Heitzmann still has a pretty incredible rang,e and he always seems to hit the right note.