If you have not had the pleasure of seeing The Black Keys live before, that’s a shame. They are absolutely ferocious in concert. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney leave nothing on that stage. From start to finish, you can tell how much fun they’re having, and you can’t help but be in awe of how much noise two men are capable of making.
Today’s particular clip features “Thickfreakness”, the title track from the band’s 2003 studio release, being performed on Australian TV. Having seen The Black Keys open their set with this song back in May, I can honestly tell you that it may have been the coolest tune I have ever seen performed in concert. The strong distortion in the beginning creates suspense and leaves you wondering what could be coming next. As soon as the song kicks in, you can’t help but begin nodding your head. Its power is undeniable.
“Thickfreakness” is a perfect mix of blues and rock, and you can see both of the boys getting completely lost in the song. Carney beats the hell out of his drums and cymbals like they just stole his lunch money. And in person, he cannot be ignored. Not only is he maybe the tallest drummer on the planet, but he commands the percussion with such force and ease that you are left in awe while watching him. In this clip, see him take out all of his aggression on that drum kit. Actually, I would be curious to know just how many kits he goes through each year.
Although The Black Keys are really just beginning to become a household name with their album Brothers (maybe the best record of 2010?), they have an extensive back catalog documenting their truly distinct sound. And ”Thickfreakness” is where you need to begin if you’re getting into The Black Keys.