The Black Keys have already committed to releasing a new album in 2013, that will serve as the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed 2011 release 'El Camino.'

There are two types of Black Keys fans -- the ones who think 'El Camino' was their second album and the ones who know it was actually their seventh. Whether you're and old school or bandwagon fan, there's no denying that their 2011 release was one of the best rock albums of the year.

The Black Keys were everywhere you turned following the release of the album -- SNL, 'Workaholics,' award shows, the Travel Channel, commercials for products and TV shows like 'Revenge' and countless others. They were so popular that Domino's Pizza and Home Depot even used knock-off versions of their tunes in a few spots, which they probably regret now. Hell, all they had to do was pay the guys.

Now that the Keys are done touring behind 'El Camino,' they're already planning to hit the studio in early 2013. "[The New Album] is definitely gonna happen in 2013. 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," drummer Patrick Carney told CBS. "We’re going to start making a new album in January and we’re going to tour a little more in the spring. Our plan is the have the new album done by the end of spring or earlier, then hopefully take a few months off to do normal things like go to bed early and wake up early, walk the dog, that kind of stuff. Then we’ll probably be back on the road starting next fall."

In a separate interview, the often outspoken stickman said that they can't wait to get back to work on new material.  "We're just doing what we do. It will just be the two of us in a studio in North Michigan during the winter – it's going to be awesome." We're not sure what the timetable is on the album's release -- how could we, they haven't even started recording yet -- but we do know that they think it will be out in 2013 and that "it's going to be awesome." We can say, with some degree of certainty, that the latter will be true of the band's eighth studio record.