Published Jan 22, 2016While his Black Keys colleague Patrick Carney has been beefing with Jack White, Dan Auerbach has been spending some time with his side-project the Arcs. Following the release of their debut album, they offered up a new track inspired by Making a Murderer, and now Auerbach has revealed another solo project he's got in the works.
He's making music to accompany comic book series Murder Ballads, which is due out on Z2 Comics this fall. It was written by comic writer and music journalist Gabe Soria, with illustrations from Paul Reinwand. It's described as a "rock'n'roll noir story about the music industry and redemption," following the story of label owner Nate Theodore who meets a sibling duo of "doom-laden country blues" musicians named Donny and Marvell Frontweathers.
Auerbach has composed a soundtrack for the comic, roping in Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs and the Gories on back-up. The lyrics draw from the Murder Ballads storyline, while the music itself is inspired by the aforementioned country and blues world of the Frontweathers brothers.
"It was pretty fully formed in Gabe's mind," Auerbach told Vulture. "The music that he was talking about seemed — well, I could wrap my mind around it. He knew I was really big into northern Mississippi music, so I understood the reference points when he was talking to me about it."
And while no official tracklisting has been revealed yet, Auerbach did let on that it would be "shorter than a double LP and longer than eight minutes."
A sonic sample of the music has yet to arrive, but you can preview the comic book's artwork in the photo above.