Released in 2002 by Alive Naturalsound records "The Big Come Up" was the Black Keys debut album and the start of their career. "The album was a visceral statement, recorded in an Akron basement on a 16 track digi recorder by drummer Pat Carney. Many fans have ascribed an almost mythological value to this album. The Big Come Up has elements of all their future releases – hip hop (samples), blues, pop, heavy fuzz and soul – for which they will become popularly known to represent." - The Black Keys Fan Lounge
Over the years Dan Auerbach has kept collaborating with Alive Naturalsound records, producing, and often playing, on records by Hacienda, Radio Moscow, SSM, Brimstone Howl, The Buffalo Killers, Nathaniel Mayer, and Black Diamond Heavies.