"Howlin' For You" features on The Black Keys' sixth album, Brothers
. Ten tracks on the album, including this one, were recorded in just 10 days at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama, where the likes of The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan
and Elton John
have previously recorded. The studio's owner, Noel Webster, spoke to us about the recording process of Brothers
: "We did roughs for them [The Black Keys]...They took some stuff and added some additional parts when they left here, percussion stuff and things like that."
Webster said the sessions took a vintage approach: "Mark Neill did the production, and he and I discussed what pieces of equipment were going to be used, how they were going to be wired, mic placement, all that kind of stuff. And it's effortless to record in this building. We just used the same techniques that they used in the '50s and '60s and '70s. And that's what seems to work."
According to Neill, who provided much of the equipment used at the sessions, the band tracked drums and bass first, with no guide vocal. This was a different approach for the band, and resulted in a more bass-heavy sound on this this track and also on "Next Girl
," "Sinister Kid
" and "Everlasting Light." Here's more about the Black Keys trip to Muscle Shoals