The Black Keys @ Rock City, Nottingham, UK – 4 November 2010

Posted by Bianca on Thursday Nov 4, 2010 Under Blues, Rock

The Black Keys

In a situation resembling that of the Amy Macdonald gig a week earlier, where I knew absolutely nothing about the artist, I had a similar dilemma with The Black Keys. This time however it was at the other end of the spectrum – I’d seen the duo from Akron Ohio, more times than you can shake a stick at!

Reason being…. I love em! The fact that they are a two piece with so much more raw power than most four and five piece bands have, gets me every time. Dan with his growling vocal – akin to a young Paul Rogers together with his snarling guitar lines, ably complimented by Pat on the marauding drums is right up my strata. I make no bones about it. I love, love, love em. Consequently it’s pretty hard to give a balanced, entirely objective view. By the powers vested in me as a professional journo however, by golly I’d try!

The Black Keys

Unfortunately we only caught the end of The Walkman. Pesky curfew meant that they started at a little after 7.30pm! This was a real shame as I was looking forward to seeing what the hype was all about. We caught the last few songs and I have to say I was impressed. They deliver a really full sound and melodic tunes mirroring a cross between the Killers and the Coral (the Kirral?) and produced a really decent show. All suited and booted the definitely are one to watch! Very nice indeed.

The Black Keys

So there I was In the mosh pit, attending my first ever gig wearing my ‘bins’ (which admittedly is not that big a deal but bizarrely left me feeling slightly vulnerable – I salute you fellow four eyed brethren!) when the lights dimmed, the crowd roared and on walked the disheveled twosome to deliver the goods.

The Black Keys

What became instantly apparent was that the BK were more ‘up for it’ it than I’ve ever seen. Kicking off with ‘Thickfreakness’ and an awesome rendition of both ‘Girl is on my Mind’ and ‘Breaks’ I began to wonder whether Dan had been inhaling some form of mind inducing pot pouri. He was in a hypnotic trance from the beginning and was well and truly killing it. A man possessed is an understatement.

The Black Keys

Following their recent tour where they supported the Kings of Leon, not only were they playing to a whole new fan base, but seemed to be playing with renewed vigor and passion. By jove they were revitalised!

The Black Keys

’10am Automatic’ rocked, Rubber Factory classic ‘Stack Shot Billy’ roared and everywhere you looked heads were bobbing ten to the dozen as the ferocious beast that is The Black Keys were unleashed, unsupervised on the Nottingham crowd. The power and phonetic energy simply amazed. I was awestruck.

The Black Keys

Half way through the set, the were joined by two of their buddies, which in truth mattered not a jot – the sound, if possible, simply got more intense. ‘Next Girl’ was belting, ‘Tighten Up’ fantastic and everybody – including the band, was having an absolute ball. They finished as they started with just the two of them on the encore and delivered three more absolute belters. All in all’ t’was a fantastic gig, one of the best I’ve seen them play and had me well and truly salivating for the next time I see them.

Gig Review by Zak Edwards
Live Music Photography by Bianca Barrett

One Response to “The Black Keys @ Rock City, Nottingham, UK – 4 November 2010”

  1. Kit Says:

    Love the pics and love the review! It does seem like they have gotten a second wind now that they are getting the recognition they deserve!

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