The Black Keys end their hiatus by releasing ‘Lo/Hi’

It looks like the Black Keys’ hiatus is officially over.

On Thursday (March 7), the Nashville-based band dropped their first new song in five years. Titled “Lo/Hi,” the new track is three minutes of head-bopping goodness that even some fans are saying is a return to the band’s roots. The new tune was written and produced by the Black Keys at Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville.

Listen to “Lo/Hi” above.

While the surprise new song came out of nowhere, the band has yet to confirm whether this is a standalone single or may be part of a brand new studio album. If it is, the yet-to-be-mentioned record will be the follow-up to the group’s 2014 release, Turn Blue.

The Grammy-nominated album was released in May 2014 and was met with favorable reviews from music critics. The album was so well-liked it even earned spots on several critics’ end-of-year lists for best new album of 2014. The record debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart, beating Michael Jackson’s posthumously released Xscape.

Even though things were quiet for the band during the last couple of years, that didn’t mean that the individual members were taking extended vacations. Vocalist Dan Auerbach released several albums during that time including his solo record, Waiting on a Song. As for drummer Patrick Carney, he’s been keeping busy producing music for several artists and even wrote the theme song for Adult Swim’s BoJack Horseman.

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