On the latest Black Keys album, El Camino, the faded cover art of a white Plymouth Grand Voyager minivan isn’t meant just to evoke the retro rock sound of the band.
The vehicle is identical to the battered, wood-paneled behemoth in which the gritty Akron duo first crisscrossed the United States, having ditched college in 2002 to chase a musical dream that was launched with sparse audiences and an eight-track tape recorder.
Well, almost identical. “Mine was navy blue,” drummer Patrick Carney, 31, said last month from a hotel in London. “My dad loaned me $4,000 to buy the van and told me I was cut off.”