You probably couldn’t find a success story so different than that of The Black Keys compared to overnight success Lana Del Rey.
The Black Keys latest record El Camino may have catapulted them to fame, illustrated by the fact they are now headlining Coachella, but the record is actually the band’s seventh studio LP.
Their first, The Big Come Up, was released all the way back in 2002 and the band didn’t manage to have a top 100 hit until 2006’s Magic Potion, their fourth LP.
Compared to Lana Del Rey, who has came out of seemingly nowhere in the last few months to release her debut LP Born To Die. The record has shot up the charts and reached number one in the UK in the first week of sales, as well as topping the iTunes charts in over 11 countries.
Now fresh from a stinging attack on MTV for getting their name wrong on an award, and calling Nickelback ‘watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous shit‘, The Black Keys are back to offer their view on the seemingly overnight success of Lana Del Rey and her like.
Apparently back on speaking terms with MTV, guitarist Dan Auerbach said “On some level, we’ve seen that Lana Del Rey thing since we first started, like, all of a sudden this new band would be headlining festivals.”
“We’re like, Wait, how did they get that? We’ve been here for two, three, four, five years and we’re still working our way up,” he continued. “But then they’re gone. Just as quickly as they get up there, they disappear.”
“It’s different for everybody. It took us a really long time to get on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and it took her a shorter amount of time,” drummer Patrick Carney added referencing the infamous SNL performance by Del Rey that was panned by fans and critics alike.
“But I honestly feel bad for a lot of bands that are starting out with the way things are. … The trends kind of flip over so fast — something’s cool and not cool and it all happens within two to three months.”
Del Rey has been fighting back against attacks on her credibility and prowess as a singer ever since the Saturday Night Live performance, and yesterday indicated that due to the pressure she ‘probably’ wouldn’t write another record.
Saturday Night Live over the weekend responded to the Del Rey feedback with cast member Kristen Wiig doing a spot on impression of Del Rey during the ‘weekend update’. You can watch the skit below.