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Monday, October 12, 2009

Black Keys' drummer enlists four other drummers to form Drummer

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"Living in Akron, believe it or not, can be incredibly boring if you don't have anything to do." That's Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney on the impetus for his new outfit, Drummer.

Not too long ago, the Keys' vocalist and guitar man Dan Auerbach departed their Ohio hamlet on a solo tour, leaving Carney at loose ends. And so to stave off boredom he recruited four other drummers from groups that were on hiatus or disbanded, including Teeth of the Hydra, Ghostman & Sandman, Six Parts Seven, and Beaten Awake.

This mad scientist experiment led to Drummer, in which everyone except Greg Boyd (who stuck with sticks) plays something new. Their guitar-and-keyboard-focused debut, Feel Good Together, dropped last month, and it's more accessible and melodic than Black Keys' blues/garage-rock infusions. "There wasn't really all that much thought put into how we would sound," says Carney, who plays bass in the group. "But we wanted to make something that was relatively poppy indie rock."

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