The Black Keys: 'There's Probably People That Just Want Us to F--k It All Up'

Patrick Carney says their success has made them "more of a target now."

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The Black Keys have said that they don't see themselves as "underdogs" any more, adding that success has made them a target for criticism, NME reports.

Speaking to Mojo, the band say they believe people are now expecting them to "f--k up" because it took them years to make it big.

"I don't view is as underdogs any more," Patrick Carney said. "In fact, I view us as more of a target now."

He added: "I think there's probably people that just want us to f--k it all up. It’s inevitable that you f--k it up somehow. It makes more sense to the universe if we f--k up, d'you know what I mean?"

The duo will release their eighth album, "Turn Blue," the follow-up 2011's "El Camino" on May 12.

"Turn Blue" was produced by Danger Mouse alongside Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney and recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood last summer as well as at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan at the start of 2013.

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    Well, keep up with the stupid "I say everything to the press" and you'll become what your trying to avoid becoming smart ass
    I know someone who works at a gear shop and they come in sometimes. He says they're a buncha dicks
    I never understood the hype for these guys, they seem pretty generic to me.
    Dunno, I own both Tighten Up and El Camino from them, and I find them a pretty enjoyable band to play along to with some pretty solid riffs (I don't care what other people think, the main riff in "Lonely boy" is damn simple, but damn funny). It's of course just my opinion, but I find them pretty good. That said, I wish Patrick Carney would just shut up, I don't think he's said anything worthwhile for a long time.
    ^That's exactly why there is so much hype, because they are generic. Sad world, ain't it?
    Damn these guys must feel that they are important. I didn't think anyone cared about them. Well I know I don't.
    His dumb comments and pranks on twitter are what make me what him to f**k it up
    I'm I the only one who thinks Patrick Carney is one of the worse drummers in Rock? Worse than Meg White - Every time I watch him live it seems like he's going to pass out or something lol
    I don't hate them it's more their pseudo-hipster fanbase. Coldplay : Radiohead :: The Black Keys : The White Stripes
    I would do damn near anything to see them play a show like when I saw them in 2007 and 2008. Their live shows were really intense then. I saw them again in 2011 and nearly the entire show was the most recent couple albums except for maybe three songs. I still can't bring myself to hate them though. Rubber Factory is just too damn good.
    They've been "****in' up" for years. Their newest releases..... I mean, ****ing c'mon.