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Dan Auerbach writing comic book soundtrack

Black Keys mainman Dan Auerbach has been signed up to write the soundtrack to accompany a comic book series.

And he says the music he’s writing for Murder Ballads is strongly rooted in the blues.

Publishers Z2 Comics say the mini-series is “a rock’n’roll noir story about the music industry – and redemption.” It follows desperate label owner Nate Theodore who discovers a “doom-laden blues” duo he hopes will turn his fortunes around.

Auerbach tells Vulture.com of his collaboration with comic writer Gabe Soria: “Where we kind of met up was on the music front. The music that he was talking about, 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.”

He doesn’t advocate trying to read the comic while trying to follow the lyrics in his songs, though. “That’s like doing two yo-yos at once,” he says. “I know how I’m going to enjoy it – I’ll do them separately, but they’ll be connected in my mind.”

The Black Keys can wait. Dan Auerbach has all this other shit to do.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.