The Black Keys Have “Some Stuff in the Books” But “No Set Plans,” Says Dan Auerbach

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesThe Black Keys have been on break since completing their tour in support of 2014's Turn Blue album. That break will continue as frontman Dan Auerbach gears up to release his sophomore solo album this spring, but the band is beginning to plot a return to the studio.

"We have some stuff in the books, but no set plans," Auerbach tells Rolling Stone. "We've just been taking it easy and enjoying time off."

Taking it easy was the main reason Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney decided to put The Black Keys on hold.

"We'd do a record, tour, record, tour...nonstop, for four years solid," Auerbach says. "You can't just keep doing it, because it'll suck your brain dry."

Outside of The Black Keys, Auerbach has kept busy: he started a new band called The Arcs, recorded a new song for the Suicide Squad soundtrack, and produced albums for Cage the Elephant and The Pretenders.

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