Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach is launching a new side project called the Arcs, telling Rolling Stone, “I’m really excited about it.” The Arcs will first release a seven-inch vinyl single featuring two “boxing-related” songs, “Stay In My Corner” and “Tomato Can,” on May 2nd, the day of the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas. A full album will follow this summer.
Auerbach recorded the new album in rehearsal studios and at a Brooklyn studio, saying, “It was cut really quick in a week and a half, two weeks of recording.” He added that he recorded with “a whole bunch of different people — my favorites,” though he has yet to reveal any names.
As for the sound of the disc, Auerbach said, “I just wanted to do my thing and get extra weird. I wanted everything to flow (and) be cohesive . . . So I’ve got a lot of connected songs. It’s basically everything I love about music all wrapped up into one record — that’s all!”
Auerbach said he’s working on the album’s first video with a “kid” from California who has never made a video before, adding, “I’m just having fun (and) basically making music with no responsibility.”
Auerbach will head out on the road with the Black Keys again as well, starting at the end of May in Spain. The band’s touring plans have been sidetracked for several months while drummer Patrick Carney recovers from a serious shoulder injury.