Drummers do tend to irritate me. My irrational dislike of Patrick Carney continues unabated because, well, he says stupid shit like this:
The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has spoken in a new interview about his band taking a break, claiming that he has suffered from PTSD after touring “constantly” for several years.
The Ohio band released their latest album ‘Turn Blue’, their eighth to date, in 2014. Since then, frontman Dan Auerbach has released an album, ‘Yours, Dreamily’, with his side-project The Arcs. Carney, meanwhile, has been producing music for Tobias Jesso Jr and others. He is currently producing girlfriend Michelle Branch’s new album.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Carney said: “I love making music with Dan and I’m excited for when we do that next, and we will do it. But both of us have PTSD from being on the road constantly.”
“This will be my first summer not working since I was in 7th grade. I mean, I wake up every day and I’m like, ‘I can’t believe the shit Dan and I accomplished.’ But every day, it feels further and further away, even though it’s only been a year and a half. I was talking to [Arcade Fire frontman] Win Butler and some other musicians, and I was, ‘What the fuck, we haven’t played a show in a year and a half!’ and they’re like, ‘Dude, every time we put a record out we take a year and a half off. You need to chill out.'”
This has to be a failing on my part. Can a successful musician get PTSD from choosing to go on tour so much? It's a stretch for me to answer in the affirmative. I do know that musicians who have been assaulted on stage could probably claim some form of PTSD. Think of Noel Gallagher, and being knocked to the ground from behind by a stage crasher in Toronto some years back. Think of all the punk bands that were beaten up on stage. Think of Iggy Pop, for crying out loud.
Does Carney have a case? What the hell is wrong with me? I'd probably like Carney if I ever met him, but the line to punch him in the face grows by the minute.