Fans of The Black Keys fall mostly into two musical categories: Before and After.
The “before” fans are the ones that were there at the start of the Akron, Ohio duo’s career in 2001. Guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney’s earliest days as a duo are represented by their now-classic, 8-track-recorded debut The Big Come Up, and the albums Thickfreakness, Rubber Factory, and Magic Potion, their major label debut. Influences from musicians like the North Mississippi blues musicians R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, oozed throughout their early records.
The “after” fans are the ones who discovered the Keys after the release of 2008’s Attack & Release, their first album on which they worked with an outside producer, Danger Mouse. The album reached a broader audience thanks to their single, “Strange Times,” and exposure on various multi-media including cable and video games.
Since then, the band’s broad appeal has continued to grow, as was evidenced by their high energy show on Saturday evening at the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden. The Keys are a band that continue to serve their early blues and garage rock influences that brought Carney and Auerbach together, while evolving their craft for writing the “hits,” many of which were played on Saturday, along with songs from their recent album, Dropout Boogie, and covers of classics by the aforementioned Kimbrough and Burnside.