Keane (band)

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Keane performing live in Washington, D.C. in 2009. From left to right: Tim Rice-Oxley, Jesse Quin, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes
Background information
Origin Battle, East Sussex, England
Years active
  • 1995–present (hiatus: 2014–2019)
Labels Island, Interscope, Fierce Panda
Associated acts Mt. Desolation, Jesse Quin & The Mets
Members Tom Chaplin
Tim Rice-Oxley
Richard Hughes
Jesse Quin
Past members Dominic Scott

Keane are an English rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1995. The band currently comprises Tom Chaplin (lead vocals, electric/acoustic guitar), Tim Rice-Oxley (piano, synthesisers, bass guitar, backing vocals), Richard Hughes (drums, percussion, backing vocals), and Jesse Quin (bass guitar, acoustic/electric guitar, backing vocals). Their original line-up included founder and guitarist Dominic Scott, who left in 2001.

Battle, East Sussex town and civil parish in the local government district of Rother in East Sussex, England

Battle is a small town and civil parish in the local government district of Rother in East Sussex, England. It lies 55 miles (89 km) south-south-east of London, 32 miles (51 km) east of Brighton and 24 miles (39 km) east of Lewes. Also nearby are Hastings to the south-east and Bexhill-on-Sea to the south. It was the site of the Battle of Hastings, where William, Duke of Normandy, defeated King Harold II to become William I in 1066. It lies in the designated High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The parish population was 6,048 according to the 2001 census, increasing to 6,673 with the 2011 Census. It has two senior schools: Claverham Community College and Battle Abbey.

Tom Chaplin British musician

Thomas Oliver Chaplin, is an English singer-songwriter, musician and composer, best known as the lead singer of the British pop rock band Keane.

Tim Rice-Oxley British musician

Timothy James Rice-Oxley, is an English musician, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, best known for being the keyboardist, singer and songwriter of the British pop rock band Keane. In 2010, Rice-Oxley formed a side-project, Mt. Desolation, with his Keane bandmate Jesse Quin.


Keane achieved mainstream, international success with the release of their debut album, Hopes and Fears , in 2004. Topping the UK charts, the album won the 2005 Brit Award for Best British Album and was the second best-selling British album of 2004. [4] Their second album, Under the Iron Sea , released in 2006, topped the UK album charts and debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200. Their third album, Perfect Symmetry , was released in October 2008.

<i>Hopes and Fears</i> 2004 album by Keane

Hopes and Fears is the debut studio album by the English alternative rock band Keane. It was released on 10 May 2004 in the United Kingdom and topped the UK Albums Chart upon release. It was the second best-selling British album of 2004, behind the Scissor Sisters' self-titled debut album, and has since been certified 9× Platinum by the BPI. The album returned to the top of the charts after winning a Brit Award for Best Album in February 2005.

Brit Awards British pop music awards

The BRIT Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual popular music awards. The name was originally a shortened form of "British", "Britain", or "Britannia", but subsequently became a backronym for British Record Industry Trusts Show. In addition, an equivalent awards ceremony for classical music, called the Classic BRIT Awards, is held in the month of May. Robbie Williams holds the record for the most BRIT Awards, 13 as a solo artist and another five as part of Take That.

2005 Brit Awards

The 2005 Brit Awards were the 25th edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. A Special BRITs 25 Award for the best single from the past 25 years was awarded to Robbie Williams "Angels". The show attracted 6.32 million viewers.

In May 2008, both Hopes and Fears (number 13) and Under the Iron Sea (number 8) were voted by readers of Q magazine as among the best British albums ever, with Keane, The Beatles, Oasis and Radiohead the only artists having two albums in the top 20. [5] In 2009, Hopes and Fears was listed as the ninth best-selling album of the 2000s decade in the UK. [6] Their EP, Night Train , was released in May 2010. Their fourth studio album, Strangeland , was released in May 2012, and again peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart.

The Beatles English rock band

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The line-up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr led the band to be regarded as the foremost and most influential in history. With a sound rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the group were integral to the evolution of pop music into an art form, and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s. They often incorporated elements of classical music, older pop forms, and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways, and in later years experimented with a number of musical styles ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As they continued to draw influences from a variety of cultural sources, their musical and lyrical sophistication grew, and they came to be seen as embodying the era's sociocultural movements.

Oasis (band) English rock band

Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher, Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan and Tony McCarroll (drums). Upon returning to Manchester, Liam's older brother, Noel Gallagher joined as a fifth member, which formed the band's core and settled line-up. During the course of their existence, they had various line-up changes.

Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke, brothers Jonny Greenwood and Colin Greenwood (bass), Ed O'Brien and Philip Selway. They have worked with producer Nigel Godrich and cover artist Stanley Donwood since 1994.

Keane are known for using keyboards as the lead instrument instead of guitars, differentiating them from most other rock bands. [7] The inclusion of a distorted piano effect in 2006 and various synthesisers were a common feature in their music [8] [9] which developed on the second and third albums. Keane have sold over 10 million records worldwide. [10]

Guitar fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

On 17 January 2019, The Sun newspaper revealed that after six years on hiatus, the band was returning with new material.

<i>The Sun</i> (United Kingdom) Tabloid newspaper from the United Kingdom and Ireland

The Sun is a tabloid newspaper published in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. As a broadsheet, it was founded in 1964 as a successor to the Daily Herald; it became a tabloid in 1969 after it was purchased by its current owners. It is published by the News Group Newspapers division of News UK, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Since The Sun on Sunday was launched in February 2012, the paper has been a seven-day operation. The Sun previously had the largest circulation of any daily newspaper in the United Kingdom, but it was overtaken by rival Metro in March 2018.


1995–99: Early years and formation

Tom Chaplin and Tim Rice-Oxley became friends when very young. [11] Chaplin's father David was the headmaster of Vinehall School in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, (owned by Chaplin's family) for 25 years, [12] the school all three attended until the age of 13. They later attended Tonbridge School in Kent, where Rice-Oxley met Dominic Scott; both of them discovered rapidly their liking for music. Richard Hughes, Keane's future drummer, also attended Tonbridge. Chaplin had also learned to play the flute but none of them considered music as a proper career at the time. [13]

Robertsbridge village in East Sussex, England

Robertsbridge is a village in the civil parish of Salehurst and Robertsbridge, and the Rother district of East Sussex, England. It is approximately 10 miles (16 km) north of Hastings and 13 miles (21 km) south-east of Royal Tunbridge Wells. The River Rother passes through the village.

East Sussex County of England

East Sussex is a county in South East England. It is bordered by the counties of Kent to the north and east, Surrey to the north west and West Sussex to the west, and to the south by the English Channel.

Tonbridge School independent day and boarding school for boys in Tonbridge, Kent, England

Tonbridge School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in Tonbridge, Kent, England, founded in 1553 by Sir Andrew Judde. It is a member of the Eton Group and has close links with the Worshipful Company of Skinners, one of the oldest London livery companies. It is a public school in the British sense of the term.

In 1995, while studying at University College London for a degree in classics, Rice-Oxley formed a rock band with Scott, and invited Hughes to play drums. [9] The band, named "Lotus Eaters", started as a cover band, playing songs by the members' favourite bands, including U2, Oasis, and The Beatles, and rehearsing at home.

After listening to Rice-Oxley's piano playing during a weekend at Virginia Water, Surrey in 1997, Chris Martin invited him to join his newly formed band Coldplay. However, Rice-Oxley declined because he did not want to leave "The Lotus Eaters", stating, "I was seriously interested, but Keane were already operational and Coldplay's keyboard player idea was dropped." [9] Because of Martin's offer, and although Hughes and Scott were originally opposed to it, Chaplin joined the band in 1997, taking Rice-Oxley's place as vocalist and adding himself as the acoustic guitarist. Chaplin's recruitment also marked a change of name from "The Lotus Eaters" to "Cherry Keane", after a friend of Chaplin's mother, whom Rice-Oxley and Chaplin knew when they were young. She took care of them and would tell them to go for their dreams. At her death from cancer, [14] she had left money for Chaplin's family. Chaplin commented: "I used some of the money to see me through the harder times with the music." The name was shortened to Keane soon afterward. [15]

Chaplin departed for South Africa in the summer of 1997 to work as a volunteer during his gap year. [11] Chaplin's early experiences there would later be reflected in the band's position for the Make Poverty History campaign. Returning a year later, in July 1998, following a meeting with friend David Lloyd Seaman, Hughes' first words when the band picked up Chaplin at the airport were, "we've got a gig in ten days." [13] With original material, Keane made their debut live appearance at the "Hope & Anchor" pub on 13 July 1998. In this same year, Chaplin went to Edinburgh University to study for a degree in art history. [13] However, he later quit his degree and moved to London in order to pursue a full-time musical career with his friends. [9] [13] After their debut performance, the band went touring London's pub gig circuit throughout 1998 and 1999.

1999–2003: Early releases and Scott's departure

In late 1999, and without a record deal, Keane recorded their first promotional single, "Call Me What You Like". Released on CD format through Keane's own label, Zoomorphic, it was sold after live performances at the pubs where Keane used to play in early 2000. Only five hundred copies were printed. [16] The track, however, can be found on the internet. The band have declared they are not against fans sharing tracks unreleased on CD, such as the "More Matey" and "Emily" demo tracks. Chaplin has commented "they most likely see those recordings as an interesting extra to get hold of and I don't see it causing any damage. If it was the album we have coming out leaked early, then I'd probably feel differently." [17] The EP was reviewed by Bec Rodwell from eFestivals who listed "Closer Now" as the best song of the record. [18]

Four months after the "Call Me What You Like" re-recording session in February 2001, their second single, "Wolf at the Door" was released. Only fifty hand-made copies are known to have been made, using unlabelled CD-Rs. [19] Both singles are considered highly valuable collectors' items by fans. In particular, "Wolf at the Door" has been known to be sold for over £1000 on eBay. [19]

Because of the limited success Keane had at this time, Scott decided to leave the group a month after this single was released in order to continue his studies at the LSE. [20] Before this, in November 2000, Keane had been invited by record producer James Sanger to his recording studio at Les Essarts, France, where the band recorded a number of tracks from August to November 2001, including "Bedshaped" and "This Is the Last Time". It was during these sessions that the idea of using a piano as lead instrument began to emerge. Sanger received a shared credit for four songs that appeared on Keane's debut album Hopes and Fears , including the song "Sunshine", the only one composed there. [21]

The remaining members of the band returned to England in November 2001. Soon after, they signed to BMG to publish their music, but at this time they did not have yet a recording contract. 2002 was a hard year for Keane. All recording or live performances were stopped and Scott's feeling of going nowhere was starting to tell on Rice-Oxley and Chaplin. [13]

In December 2002, Keane returned to performing live. Luckily for the band, one gig at the Betsey Trotwood in London was attended by Simon Williams of Fierce Panda Records, the same man who had discovered Coldplay years previously. Williams offered to release the first commercial single by the band. This release would be "Everybody's Changing", which Steve Lamacq went on to name single of the week on Lamacq Live on 19 April 2003; the CD single was released on 12 May 2003. [22]

As a result of the attention created by this release and because of the strong live reputation they had built up through constant UK touring, a bidding war for the band ensued between major record labels. [23] [24] The band decided to sign with Island Records in the summer of 2003. After first being attracted to the band by the considerable industry buzz then surrounding them and from hearing "Everybody's Changing" on the radio, the Island A&R, Ferdy Unger-Hamilton, told HitQuarters that he wanted to sign them after hearing the five songs "Everybody’s Changing", "This Is the Last Time", "She Has No Time", "Bend and Break" and "Somewhere Only We Know", saying that: "every one of them was brilliant ... they had a fantastic live show [but] even if I hadn't been able to see them live, I would have tried to sign them anyway." [23] According to Unger-Hamilton, Keane chose to sign with Island because they got on well with the A&R and were convinced that he did not want to change them in any way. [23]

The band released "This Is the Last Time" on Fierce Panda, in October 2003, as the final release on that label.

2004–05: Hopes and Fears

With the release of their first major single, Keane began to achieve recognition in the United Kingdom and the United States, where "This Is the Last Time" was released and remained as the only single sold there until "Crystal Ball" in late 2006.

In January 2004, Keane was named the band most likely to achieve success in the coming year in the BBC's Sound of 2004 poll; additionally, this year is popularly referred to as one of the best years for new British music. [25]

A month later, Keane's first release on Island was "Somewhere Only We Know", which reached number three on the UK Singles Chart in February 2004. On 4 May, a re-release of "Everybody's Changing" followed and featured new cover and b-sides; it reached number four in the UK Singles Chart.[ citation needed ]

Keane's debut album, Hopes and Fears , was released on 10 May 2004 in the UK, just a day before the band started their first world tour. It debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and went on to become the second best-selling British album of the year. It has been certified 9x platinum in the UK.[ citation needed ]

The album has sold approximately five and a half million copies worldwide. In the UK, it stayed in the top 75 of the UK Albums Chart for 72 weeks, appearing again on its 115th week. [26]

The band won two awards at the 2005 BRIT Awards in February; Best British album for Hopes and Fears and the British breakthrough act award, as voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1, Keane won the award in front of bands like Muse or Franz Ferdinand.[ citation needed ] Three months after, Rice-Oxley received the Ivor Novello award for songwriter of the year.

As members of the Make Poverty History foundation, Keane performed "Somewhere Only We Know" and "Bedshaped" at the Live 8 concert, which took place in London on 2 July 2005. Keane are also patrons of War Child, and in September 2005, they recorded a cover version of Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" to the charity album Help: a Day in the Life . Previously, the band also had recorded a cover of the Walker Brothers' "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore", which was available as a download-only track from the War Child website. It was later released as a 7" single as a gift to members of the Keane e-mailing list. [27]

Twenty years after the 1984 version, Band Aid (now called Band Aid 20) recorded a new version of "Do They Know It's Christmas?". Rice-Oxley and Chaplin both contributed vocals.[ citation needed ]

During the year, the band achieved minor recognition in the U.S. from their extensive touring, which culminated with a series of gigs as the opening act for U2. The group were also nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best New Artist category along with Sugarland, John Legend, Ciara, and Fall Out Boy, but ultimately lost out to Legend. [28]

2006–07: Under the Iron Sea

In April 2005, in the middle of the Hopes and Fears Tour , the band began recording their second album, Under the Iron Sea with producer Andy Green, who also worked with them previously on Hopes and Fears. The band later recruited Mark "Spike" Stent for mixing duties. Recording took place in Helioscentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex, where Hopes and Fears was recorded. Additional recording was done at The Magic Shop Studios in New York. The band revealed the title of the album on 14 March 2006 by posting a handwritten note on their official website.

The album's release was preceded by the release of "Atlantic", a download-only music video and the lead single "Is It Any Wonder?", which reached number three on the UK Singles Chart. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2007. The album had a worldwide release in June 2006 and was at number 1 in the UK Albums Chart for the first two weeks of its release. As of 22 May 2007, it had sold more than 2,200,000 copies. The third single from the album was "Crystal Ball", which was released on 21 August 2006, and reached number 20 in the UK Singles Chart. The fourth single from the album was "Nothing in My Way", released on 30 October 2006, which received particular success on Mexican commercial radio, charting on Top 3 on 13 January 2007 and staying a month on that chart. The band released the single "The Night Sky" in aid of the charity War Child. The song is written from the perspective of a child about the war-torn devastation around them, and became available via War Child's official website on 22 October 2007 before going on general release on 29 October 2007. Jesse Quin played with Keane since the small tour of The Night Sky.

Even before the release of the album (in May 2006), Keane had started their second world tour that would promote the album. However, because of the extensive touring, on 22 August 2006, Chaplin announced he had admitted himself to a clinic for drinking and drug problems. This initially resulted in the cancellation of three gigs and postponement of their September US tour. The entire North American tour was later cancelled outright to allow continued treatment. [29] As a result, the upcoming UK and European tours – scheduled for October and November 2006 – were considered to be liable for possible postponement depending on Chaplin's treatment. Chaplin then left the Priory Clinic in London on 6 October, although he continued to receive treatment. The tour reached for the first time South American countries (Argentina, Chile and Brazil) and saw the band's third visit to Mexico in late April with four dates, playing at the downtown zócalo in Mexico City, as well their first visit to Monterrey and Guadalajara. On 7 July 2007, Keane played at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, part of a series of gigs similar to Live 8, to highlight the threat of global warming. They performed "Somewhere Only We Know", "Is It Any Wonder?" and "Bedshaped". The Under the Iron Sea tour was brought to an end with performances in Oporto, Portugal, and at the Natural Music Festival in El Ejido, Spain, on 3 August and 4 respectively.

In early October, Concert Live announced they were releasing a limited edition 9-CD set of every Keane live performance in the UK during October 2006 under the name Live 06 .

2008–09: Perfect Symmetry

In a March 2007 video interview, Chaplin and Hughes spoke of wanting to take a more "organic" approach on album three, but played down suggestions about the use of guitars, referring to them as "a fun part of the live set" at present; however, the cover of "She Sells Sanctuary", became the first song recorded since "The Happy Soldier" (2001) to feature the instrument. [30] Photographic updates to the Keane website also implied the use of guitars in the album's recording sessions. Jesse Quin joined the band since this album as permanent studio and live member. He plays the bass, percussion, guitar, synths and backing vocals. On 25 August 2008, Keane appeared as studio guests on BBC 6 Music with Steve Lamacq where three of the new songs from Perfect Symmetry were played for the first time: "Spiralling", "The Lovers Are Losing", and "Better Than This".

The album was released on 13, October 2008, and reached number one on the UK Albums Chart on 19 October. It also reached number 7 on the Billboard 200 chart. In December 2008, it was voted Best Album of the Year by the readers, listeners and visitors of Q Magazine, Q Radio and [31] The song "Perfect Symmetry" was voted best track. [32]

In November of the same year, they started their third world tour, the Perfect Symmetry World Tour. On 2 April 2009, Keane became the first band ever to broadcast a live show in 3D. It was filmed at Abbey Road, the site of the world's first satellite broadcast (by The Beatles). Keane fans were prompted to buy 3D glasses along with the new 7" single, "Better Than This", or also to hand-make their own glasses. The show is available to watch on Keane's official site in high definition.

2010: Night Train

On 10 May 2010, Keane released a new EP entitled Night Train which, on 16 May became their fourth number 1 album in the UK. Night Train was recorded during the Perfect Symmetry World Tour. The Night Train EP could be considered a studio album, because it has 8 new songs. The band first named this record as a Mini-album, then that changed to an EP. In an interview, Tim Rice-Oxley said that Night Train is "pretty much an album".

The songs "Stop for a Minute" and "Looking Back" feature Somali Canadian rapper K'naan. The EP also includes a cover of the song "You've Got to Help Yourself" by Yellow Magic Orchestra, featuring vocals by Japanese funk MC Tigarah. The song "Your Love" features Keane's keyboardist, Tim Rice-Oxley, having lead vocals. [33] The song "My Shadow" was featured in the Season 6 Grey's Anatomy episode "Shiny Happy People".

Supporting the Night Train EP, the band began on the Night Train Tour. which started with a show in Brixton, London at The Fridge on 12 May 2010. It then took the band through a series of Forest Shows, The tour includes a homecoming show at the Bedgebury Pinetum, just outside the band’s hometown of Battle. Also a Festival appearances in Europe followed with a tour of the USA/Canada, concluding with an appearance at the Mile High Festival in Denver.

2012–13: Strangeland

After the end of Mt. Desolation Tour (alternative project by Tim and Jesse), Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin joined with the other two members of the band to work on the pre-production of Keane's fourth studio album, Strangeland .

It was announced on 3 February 2011 on the band's official website that Quin had become an official member of the band. [34] He has worked with Keane since 2007.

Keane played a concert in Beijing, China on 13 April 2011 at the invitation of the fashion company Burberry. The band also performed an acoustic session at the Wall of China. The band finished recording their fourth studio album on 12 January 2012 and finished mixing the record on 10 February. The album was recorded at Tim Rice-Oxley's Sea Fog Studios, in Polegate, East Sussex.

The Strangeland Tour started at De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex on Friday, 9 March 2012. [35] Due to the high demand, a second show was added and took place on 10 March 2012. Both shows sold out in minutes. The Hoodlums were the support act. [36] More shows in Europe and UK were announced due to demand.

The band released "Silenced by the Night", the album's lead single, worldwide except for the United Kingdom on 13 March 2012. [37] Keane performed "Silenced By the Night" for the first time on 12 March on American talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! . [38] The song was sent to US adult alternative radio stations on 26 March 2012. [39] In the United Kingdom, the single was released on 15 April 2012 after the release date had been brought forward from 30 April 2012. [40] [41]

The second single, "Disconnected", was released on 20 April 2012 in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, [42] with the official worldwide release on 8 October 2012. The third single, "Sovereign Light Café", was released on 23 July 2012. The video was filmed in Bexhill-on-Sea in Sussex, England, and includes shots of the café itself. The band was on an extensive tour to promote their "Strangeland" album, called Strangeland Tour and have visited Europe, the American continent and many parts of Asia.

2013–19: The Best of Keane and hiatus

Keane released compilation album The Best of Keane in November 2013. [43] Two new songs recorded during the Strangeland era were released from the compilation album; "Higher Than the Sun" was released on 28 September 2013 and "Won't Be Broken" was released on 20 January 2014. [44]

On 20 October 2013, several publications, including The Sun and Digital Spy, claimed that Keane intended to split up following the release of The Best of Keane, while also reporting that the band members were "taking a break ... to pursue their own projects." [45] On 21 October 2013, Tom Chaplin clarified on Real Radio Yorkshire that the band was not splitting up, but the band members would like to "take a bit of time out from being Keane" after being busy for the past few years. [46]

In an interview conducted in late 2017 with a correspondent from The Sun, Tom Chaplin stated that he felt that he was too old to reform and relaunch the band again. [47] He recorded a solo album entitled "The Wave", released on 14 October 2016. [48] He released follow-up Christmas-themed second album "Twelve Tales of Christmas" on 17 November 2017. [49] Rice-Oxley and Quin continued side project Mt. Desolation, releasing second album "When the Night Calls" on 25 May 2018. [50]

During the band's hiatus, the band has briefly reunited three times: on 8 August 2015, Chaplin and Rice-Oxley performed a Keane setlist at Battle Festival. [51] On 11 September 2016, the band released a music video for an exclusive new song, "Tear Up This Town", which was written and recorded for the fantasy drama film A Monster Calls directed by J. A. Bayona. The single was made available for digital download on 23 September 2016. [52] On 4 June 2018, Keane announced via social media that for the first time in five years they will be playing a live acoustic set at Battle Festival on 11 August 2018. [53]

2019–present: Comeback & fifth studio album

Towards the end of 2018, Keane posted a series of cryptic images onto their various social media accounts, hinting that the quartet were in the studio working on new material.

On 17 January 2019, an article from The Sun newspaper revealed that the band are planning "to make a comeback after six years away" and that "A source close to the rockers has revealed the band is ready to work together again after 'putting their differences to one side'".

On 6 February, Keane posted an new image of them together on their various social media accounts. This was followed by several announcements on their Instagram and Facebook sites of various festivals in which the band will perform at, including (in order of announced): "Cornbury Music Festival" (6 July 2019), "4ever Valencia Fest" in Spain (21 July 2019), "MEO Marés Vivas" festival in Portugal (19 July 2019), "Noches del Boánico" festival in Madrid (20 July 2019) and "Hello Festival" in The Netherlands (June).

On 15 March 2019, Keane performed "Somewhere Only We Know" on Comic Relief's Red Nose Day on BBC One with London Contemporary Voices.

On 26 March 2019, Keane posted "We’ve been desperate to tell you that we’re busy making another album, which we’ll be releasing later this year." to their Facebook page. [54]


In November of 2004, Keane collaborated with electronic DJ Faultline on a cover of the Elton John song "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". Two years later, Rice-Oxley collaborated with Gwen Stefani as a co-writer of the song "Early Winter", released later in 2007 as a single, from her album, The Sweet Escape , as well as two more tracks. Stefani had been wishing to work with the band since 2005 and Rice-Oxley responded by saying "we might give it a go". [55] Tom Chaplin collaborated with Rocco Deluca and the Burden on the song "Mercy". The band has also collaborated with Somali-Canadian rapper K'naan and Japanese Baile Funk singer Tigarah on their EP Night Train . In late 2009, Rice-Oxley collaborated with the Australian singer Kylie Minogue as co-writer of the song "Everything Is Beautiful", for Minogue's eleventh studio album "Aphrodite", released in June 2010. [56] The band also collaborated with dance artist Chicane on a remix of their song "Bend & Break", renamed "Wake Up". It was featured on the artist's 2008 best-of compilation. In 2012, Tom Chaplin collaborated with the Dutch singer Laura Jansen on the song "Same Heart" for a Dutch charity radio program me. The track was later featured on Jansen's second studio album "Elba". In 2017, a new version of Tom Chaplin's solo track "Solid Gold", now featuring alternative pop singer JONES, was released as a single.

Musical style and themes

Tim Rice-Oxley and Dominic Scott were the main writers of the band's songs during their early years. When Scott left in 2001, Rice-Oxley became the main composer. [57] However, Rice-Oxley credits the rest of the band on all compositions, so that royalties for song credits are shared. [57]

Keane usually harbors an ample, reverberated, melodic, slow- to mid-tempo fully orchestrated sound, somehow reminiscent of Elton John's early and middle career, while their most plangent and introspective songs have brought comparisons to the likes of Suede and Jeff Buckley.

While guitars have been (minimally) present even in their early work, their appearance in the final mix has always been very slight, and even today that Chaplin has stepped up as an almost full-time guitarist in the band, that instrument is never featured as prominently as to be more than barely noticed. For this matter, they have been dubbed as "the band with no guitars", thanks to their heavily piano-based sound. By using delay and distortion effects on their pianos and similar keyboards, they often create sounds that aren't immediately recognisable as piano. Rice-Oxley said during an interview in Los Angeles that they tend to think piano-related music is boring and what they really wanted to do was try something different. He referred to the piano as an odd instrument to form part of a rock band instrumentation, comparing it to The Beatles' set of instruments. Rice-Oxley's distortion piano has been key to most of Keane's multifaceted style and most definitely their most recognizable asset.

Tom Chaplin's vocal style is measured and elegantly delivered; he uses no grit and doesn't drive his voice when the music ramps up, stepping up in volume rather than aggression as most other rock singers are prone to do. Therefore, Keane's signature sound is a gentle, refined but full-bodied brand of romantic pop-rock which does not crunch or overdrive itself, but manages to soar using orchestration and other arrangement means.

Lyricwise, during their early years most songs were about love or broken relationships (most notably "She Has No Time" and "On a Day Like Today"). However, other themes – including the relationship between Rice-Oxley and Chaplin – have emerged in more recent compositions. [58] Other themes have been explored; for example, "Is It Any Wonder?" and "A Bad Dream" are both about war. [59] More recent themes have included the impact of being a celebrity in "Better Than This" and "Clear Skies" and criticism of religious violence in "Perfect Symmetry".

Keane have covered songs by music artists such as U2, [60] Rufus Wainwright, [61] Depeche Mode, [62] Genesis, The Beatles, The Cult and Queen, with Tim saying: "I guess it's classic song writing that is the main influence rather than one band in particular – we love people like Nick Drake who can convey so much emotion and write songs and albums that will be loved and cherished for many years – the things that will be in people's record collections for their whole lives." [63]


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Under the Iron Sea is the second studio album by the English rock band Keane, released on 12 June 2006. During its first week on sale in the UK, the album went to #1, selling 222,297 copies according to figures from the Official Chart Company. In the United States, the album went to #4 on the Billboard 200, selling 75,000 copies in its first week there. Since 22 January 2006, the album has sold over 3,000,000 copies worldwide.

Bedshaped Keane song

"Bedshaped" is a song by English rock band Keane, released as the third single from Hopes and Fears. It sold about 22,000 copies in its first week of release; it became their third consecutive top ten hit on the British charts, after the release of "Somewhere Only We Know" and "Everybody's Changing". "Bedshaped" charted at number 10 in the UK and also became a commercial success in Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands.

"This Is the Last Time" is a song performed and composed by British rock band Keane, released on 13 October 2003 as the fourth commercial single from their debut album Hopes and Fears . It was first released with Fierce Panda Records and later in 2004 as a different version with Island Records. It was released as track two of the international version, but track nine on the British version. Although the song was one of the biggest hits of 2004, the single only reached number 18 in the UK charts, considerably lower than previous singles by the band.

Nothing in My Way Keane song

"Nothing in My Way" is a song performed and composed by English alternative rock band Keane for their second studio album Under the Iron Sea (2006). The song was also released 30 October 2006 as the third commercial and fourth overall single from that album in the United Kingdom. After the French pop rock band Bubblies, the single's release is notable as being the first ever commercial music release in USB format, a special edition limited to 1,500 copies.

"Bend and Break" is a song performed and composed by English rock band Keane, released as the fifth and final single from their debut album Hopes and Fears. This single was released only in some European countries such as Germany and Austria, similarly to their 2007 single "Try Again". However "Bend and Break" was still heard on some American radio stations. The single features "Bend and Break", "On a Day Like Today" and a live version of "Allemande", as well as the "Bend and Break" live videoclip. "Bend and Break" is drummer Richard Hughes' favourite Keane song. This was also the last single that used the typeface "Cochin", the one used in the Hopes and Fears era.

Atlantic (song) Keane song

"Atlantic" is a song performed and composed by English alternative rock band Keane, released as the first single from their second studio album Under the Iron Sea, firstly as a download only music video and later as a 7" vinyl limited edition. The song was premiered at a secret gig in London on 5 April 2006.

"Everybody's Changing" is a song performed by English alternative rock band Keane. It was released as the second single from their debut studio album, Hopes and Fears (2004). After a single release on Fierce Panda in May 2003, which peaked at number 122 in the UK Singles Chart, it was re-released on Island on 3 May 2004 and reached number 4. It is also used in the TV series, In Plain Sight and can also be heard in the final moments of One Tree Hill episode "Truth Doesn't Make A Noise" and Scrubs episode "My Day at the Races".

Crystal Ball (Keane song) Keane song

"Crystal Ball" is a song performed and composed by English rock band Keane, and featured on their second studio album, Under the Iron Sea. The song was released on 21 August 2006 as the third single from the United Kingdom album version. "Crystal Ball" was also released on 18 August 2006 in the Netherlands and peaked at #20 in both the Dutch Singles Chart and the UK Singles Chart.

A Bad Dream Keane song

"A Bad Dream", often mistitled as "Bad Dream", is a song by English rock band Keane appearing as the fifth track on their second album, Under the Iron Sea. It was released on 22 January 2007 as the fifth and final single from the album. The song peaked at No. 23 in the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band's first single to miss the top 20.

Try Again (Keane song) Keane song

"Try Again" is a song performed and composed by English alternative rock band Keane that appears as the tenth track on their second album, Under the Iron Sea. The song was released as the sixth single off the album, and currently is only being sold in Germany. This is also Keane's first single with three B-sides, all live performances in Cologne, Germany.

Is It Any Wonder? Keane song

"Is It Any Wonder?" is a song performed and composed by English alternative rock band Keane, released as the second single from their second studio album, Under the Iron Sea. The song is also the first Keane single to be sold in Mexico and other Latin American countries.

Spiralling Keane song

"Spiralling" is a song released by Keane, on 4 August 2008 at 10:59 (CEST) as the first single of their third album, Perfect Symmetry. It was released in a similar fashion to that of "Atlantic" as a digital download only single; however, it was available as a free download from for the first week of release. On 31 July, the message "When we fall in love, we're just falling in love with ourselves" appeared on the band's website in reference to the track. On 11 August 2008, the song was released as an official digital download on various online music stores. The song was said to be inspired by wrestling legend Ric Flair who Tom Chaplin described as a personal hero for his try hard mentality in the ring. His trademark "woo" inspired the song. Frontman Tom Chaplin described the song as "a train of thought about human endeavour, built on an outrageous groove".

<i>Perfect Symmetry</i> (Keane album) 2008 album by Keane

Perfect Symmetry is the third studio album by English rock band Keane, released on 13 October 2008 in the United Kingdom. According to international Island Records manager, Jon Turner, "the general international feel is of excitement and 'Spiralling' is a favourite track of the US company."

The Retrospective EPs are a series of digital EPs by English rock band Keane, with the first being released on 5 December 2008 as the Everybody's Changing EP or Retrospective EP1. The cover art features the font Cochin for the first time since the release of "Bend and Break" in 2005.

Perfect Symmetry World Tour

The Perfect Symmetry World Tour was the third tour given by the British Band Keane, following the launch of the album Perfect Symmetry.

<i>Strangeland</i> (album) 2012 album by Keane

Strangeland is the fourth studio album by English alternative rock band Keane, released in May 2012 through Island Records. It is their first full-length album since Perfect Symmetry (2008), as well as the first to feature bassist Jesse Quin as an official member.

Silenced by the Night 2012 single by Keane

"Silenced by the Night" is a song by English rock band Keane from their fourth studio album Strangeland. It was released worldwide as the album's lead single on 13 March 2012, except for the United Kingdom where it was released on 15 April 2012. The song was written by Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin and produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat.

Higher than the Sun (song) Keane song

"Higher than the Sun" is a song by English alternative rock band Keane, released on 28 September 2013 as the first single from their first compilation album, The Best of Keane. The song was recorded during the recording sessions for the band's fourth studio album, Strangeland, which was released in May 2012.


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