Photographer and filmaker, Noah Abrams, is directing an upcoming documentary with one of rock’s biggest acts–the infamously sardonic duo, Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.
Fresh from co-headlining Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival, an appearance on food-travel show No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, and accidentally (sort of) ridiculing Nickelback, the Black Keys don’t come off as millionaire rock stars in the documentary. Instead, they come off as two guys with an extraordinary friendship that has survived through seven albums, years of hard work, and their current fame.
“A lot of music documentaries spend too much time trying to make people look cool,” said Abrams to Spin. “I’m fortunate enough to know both these guys pretty well and their relationship is pretty incredible and very funny.”
Abrams, who is friends with Carney and Auerbach, has traveled around with the band since January and will continue documenting the musicians lives together until August to prepare the film for next year and subsequently attract distribution in theatres.
Although Abrams has been around the world with the pair, the director emphasizes that the two are just normal dudes with small town Akron tendencies.
“They’re guys that grew up around the corner from each other. They worked and worked and worked and toured and toured and slept in a van and worked their asses off and now they’re selling out arenas,” elaborated Abrams.
“I think it’s a testament to their talent and hard work. We’ve gotten some amazing footage so far. For as big as these guys are now they’re still two guys from Akron,” Abrams continued. “The comedy is usually endless with those two.”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles