Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys is in the process of writing a soundtrack for a comic book titled ‘Murder Ballads’. The indie comic is set to be released in autumn of this year via Z2 Comics.
Auerbach is known to have inspiration reel his way in various shape and forms. Aside from his side project with The Arcs, the rocker is currently working hard for the comic that is a “rock ‘n’ roll noir story about the music and redemption.” The story follows an unlucky record label owner named Nate Theodore who takes a trip to forget his problems. During his wintry escape, Theodore discovers two African-American siblings who play “a raucous brand of doom-laden country blues”.
Music journalist Gabe Soria will write, while Paul Reinwand illustrates. The soundtrack will be created mainly by Auerbach, who has enlisted musicians like the Dirtbombs’ Mick Collins to help. According to Auerbach, the soundtrack is “shorter than a double LP and longer than eight minutes.”
“The music that he was talking about seemed—well, 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,” Auerbach said about the brief he received from Soria.
Auerbach recently released a song with The Arcs called ‘Lake Superior’ that was inspired by the popular Netflix series ‘Making A Murderer’. All proceeds from the song will go to the Innocence Project, a nonprofit that helps the wrongly convicted.