Hanni El Khatib to Make Modern Rock 'n' Roll Album With Black Keys' Dan Auerbach
super-familiar with a lot of bands from L.A. It shocked me that he knew all these obscure guys that I was into."
El Khatib also brings to the table a raw edginess the Black Keys seem to have have left behind. His debut LP, Will the Guns Come Out is fully in-your-face and presents itself with two fists ready to rumble. It's a bare bones fusion of blues, garage rock, doo-wop, Motown and punk.
Continuing in the same vein, Hanni's upcoming album will lean on those same influences, but without the nostalgia.
"I want a record that makes sense today," he says.
With no release date set, he's been writing songs mainly on the road, and plans on heading straight to Auerbach's Nashville studio when the tour is over.
"I'm used to recording in home studios -- I've never actually recorded in a big studio before. And I know the kind of gear he has, so I'm really looking forward to it. We've got some really awesome people lined up for the record that I'm really stoked about."