Thursday, March 3, 2016

Underrated Classic: The Black Keys 'The Big Come Up'

In the aftermath of The Strokes breaking through, it seemed like garage rock bands were popping up all over the world from Australia's The Vines to Sweden's The Hives to England's Libertines, they took the world by storm but two of the best came from America -- The Black Keys and The White Stripes. In 2002, the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney arrived on the scene with The Big Come Up, a collection of lo-fi blues that challenged the idea that two people are limited to a certain amount of power. With songs like "Leavin' Truck,""Brooklyn Bound" and "I'll Be Your Man," indie audiences around the country rejoiced at these two guys from Ohio and what they were doing. After touring like two animals for years, they became critical and fan favorites over the years. While their sound has evolved in leaps and bounds from what they did 14 years ago, the record never charted but laid the foundation of what these two college dropouts would do for the rest of their lives.