The Black Keys have released seven full-length albums over the course of the past decade. That’s roughly one new release per every 1.43 years. The duo’s last effort, El Camino, dropped in December of 2011. If Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney intend to stay inline with their historical release pace they need to find themselves back in the studio asap. Rumor has it that’s exactly what they’re planning to do.

In a recent interview with BBC 6 Music’s Matt Everitt, the blues rock boys from Akron confirmed that they’ll be going back to work this winter on their 8th studio album. Auerbach went into detail stating, “That’s just how we’ve operated for twelve years. We’re just doing what we do. It will just be the two of us in a studio in North Michigan during the winter – it’s going to be awesome.”

He further explained that they may continue recording sessions in Nashville at some point later in the year (2013), and that those could also involve participation from previous collaborator Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse. This should be pleasant news to fans who enjoyed the producer’s direction on 2008’s, Attack & Release, and his co-writing influence over all 11 tracks on El Camino.

2012 has been an exceptional year for the Keys. With multiple Grammy nominations and a recent Oscar nod for their song “The Baddest Man Alive” off Rza’s The Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack, the pair are operating at an all-time high. As a result their next release will be met with equally elevated expectations as they carry this wave of momentum with them back into the studio.