The Black Keys was formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. The musicians play indie-rock, blues-rock, and garage rock. The group only has two members, a vocalist and guitar player, Dan Auerbach and a drummer, Patrick Carney.
The two artists met when they were still children. They attended the same school and lived in the same neighborhood. When they were in high school, the aspiring musicians arranged jam sessions at home. Dan played the guitar while Patrick learned how to play the drums.
After school, both young men enrolled in a local university but dropped out soon after. The artists realized that they should devote their lives to music. Dan decided to record a demo album. With Patrick, they worked in the basement to create their first songs.
After some time, the musicians recorded a demo with six tracks, which they sent to different recording studios. After some time, artists got an offer from a small label, Alive in Los Angeles. The artist immediately signed a contract.
In 2002, Dan and Patrick recorded their first LP, which was fairly successful but didn’t make it into the chart. The album, The Big Come Up, was recorded in Carney’s basement. Soon the artists came up with the name for the group, The Black Keys. The single featured in the debut LP, "I’ll Be Your Man", later became a soundtrack for an HBO TV Series, Hung. Then their song “The Breaks” became a soundtrack to Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla.