The group said they will "definitely" release a follow-up to 2011's critically acclaimed El Camino in late 2013.
"It is definitely gonna happen in 2013," Patrick Carney told CBS Local. "It's just a matter of how long it takes us to make the album and deciding when we want to get back on the road.
"With El Camino, it was mastered and mixed around June 15th [of 2011]. We were aiming for a September release date with that record, but we decided that if we pushed it back to December, we could end up having a kind of low-key three months.
"It didn't work out that way because we ended up playing all these shows and doing a three-week promo trip. Whenever we try to build in breaks and time off, it doesn't work out. But next year, we're also committed to a vacation."
Discussing the upcoming LP's producer, Carney revealed that they hope to continue working with longtime collaborator Danger Mouse, adding: "I talked to him on the phone a couple weeks ago to see what his schedule is like.
"If we ever work with a producer, it's always going to be him. We've been working with him since 2007, since Attack & Release, and we're all really good friends. But he's also really busy, producing so many records lately, so hopefully he has time.
"He's producing U2′s record - that takes priority over us!"
The Black Keys kick off their UK arena tour in Newcastle on December 7, reaching London's O2 on December 12.
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