Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach stepped in to produce one track and co-write three songs on Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ upcoming album The Lion the Beast the Beat, set for a June 12th release on Hollywood Records. The disc’s lead single is the bluesy and upbeat “Never Go Back,” which Auerbach co-wrote.
When Grace Potter and Auerbach wrote the song, they really intended just to play around with the equipment in the studio. “Dan’s studio is a sex shop for gear pervs,” says Potter. “I found a tiny old Casio that reminded me of my first-ever keyboard and started playing. He jumped on and started fucking around with the rhythm track, and we wrote ‘Never Go Back’ within the first hour of being in his place,” she explains. “We weren’t thinking, ‘Let’s write a big hit single.’ It was more like, ‘Let’s geek out with some weird gear and see what happens.’ I’m very glad we did.”
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals’ The Lion the Beast the Beat won’t be released until June 12th, but you can exclusively stream “Never Go Back” on RollingStone.com.