Fresh off The Black Keys’ triumphant, festival-closing set at New York’s Governors Ball, frontman Dan Auerbach has provided more details about the side project he announced in April. Auerbach’s new band is called The Arcs and they’ll release their debut album, Yours, Dreamily, on Sept. 4.
Auerbach released a 2009 album under his own name, but explained to NPR that the Arcs—which includes Shins and Black Keys touring bassist Richard Swift, along with Leon Michels, Homer Steinweiss, Nick Movshon, Kenny Vaughan and the women of Mariachi Flor De Toloache—are very much a band. “This project was about making music with some of my longest relationships in music,” Auerbach said. “We’ve collaborated longer than a lot of bands stay together. It just kind of came naturally.”
When Auerbach announced the project in April, he told Rolling Stone that he recorded the “extra weird” record in “a week and a half, two weeks” with “a whole bunch of different people – my favorites.” “I wanted everything to flow [and] be cohesive,” Auerbach added. “A lot of the songs bleed one into the other, a lot like the Grateful Dead. It’s basically everything I love about music all wrapped up into one record.”
The Arcs released the boxing-themed “Stay In My Corner” as a 7-inch vinyl single on May 2, the day of the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight, but have now released the track digitially. Check it out below.