The duo, drummer
While its predecessor -- the No. 2-charting El Camino with its string of radio- and licensing-ready singles -- solidified the band as an arena rock act, Turn Blue is a hazy, loose, groove-heavy record informed by psyche rock, soul and Auerbach's much-too-public divorce proceedings that were happening during many of the album's sessions. Turn Blue was recorded with producer/songwriter Danger Mouse.
The group also got sucked into pop music media's vortex of beef along with
During a recent telephone interview, Carney talked about the band's current tour, burgers, controversies and more.
Q: So you got to hang out with
A: We played the same stage at this thing called Latitude Fest [in
A: She did and I'd never heard it. I went to O'Neil's when it was still open, quite a few times. But I'd never heard that song and there's like three long verses. It's like a ballad and she remembers every word. It's pretty cool.
Q: Always cool to see another
A: Yeah, and another friend of mine was playing the same stage,
Q: So you had the Black Keys Burger at Umami Burger [
A: Well, it was a heavily modified version of three
Q: Yeah, haters gonna hate; seems like you've gotten a lot of that this year.
A: Yeah, you get that. Everybody has an opinion on Twitter, whether it's I'm fat, or I'm ripping off Swensons for personal gain [chuckles]. Perfect.
Q: Well, you guys have had a few private challenges go public and some public challenges become ... uhh, even more public. Has it been a rougher year than usual from that standpoint?
A: Nope. Not for me. The only thing I've ever done is I fed into, accidentally, into the Bieber trap and TMZ. But I still feel like I was strongly in the right there.
Q: Is being on the road any sort of safe place from all those external distractions?
A: To a certain degree, but whenever there is any sort of drama, I can't stand it. I hate it, to be honest. So I try to avoid it.
Q: Is that the Turn Blue World Tour motto?
A: It's always been my motto, I just opened my mouth and made fun of Nickelback and made fun of
Q: So are you becoming a more image-conscious
A: [Chuckles.] No, but I do know when I'm getting into a TMZ media trap.
Q: Yeah, they can only get you once with that, huh?
A: Well, they got me twice, basically. The second one was misconstruing a statement I made in regards to the Jack White statement. It made it seem like a two-way argument when really it wasn't. Somebody had said something, and I said maybe that comment makes him seem like an [arse], and then I got in trouble for it.
Q: So, do you know if you guys are going to sponsor the Orioles in the West Akron Baseball &
A: I don't know. We haven't talked about it. We did that shirt and it raised like 25 grand, 28 grand. Maybe we'll do it again; maybe we'll switch our focus to something else. You know, now that LeBron's back, it might be cool to do something for his foundation. I'm pumped, though. LeBron's back.
Q: Yeah, you wrote a supportive note when he left. How do you feel about him coming back?
A: Well, he never left; his house has always been there. You know, I still have a house in
Q: Hey, did you ever get your Black Keys and/or Devo bobbleheads from the RubberDucks? They really wanted you guys to have some.
A: I do. I have it on my mantel.
Q: Which one: Devo or Black Keys?
A: I didn't get the Devo one, I just got the Black Keys one. I need the Devo one. I like it, but I notice my pants and Dan's pants are pulled up pretty high on that bobblehead. I wouldn't wear my pants that high. I don't think I'd tuck in a baseball jersey either, but, whatever, it's cool.
Q: So, you have some fashion concerns, but otherwise, pretty cool, huh?
A: Yeah, it's really cool. I would've gone to the game but we were in
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