The march of big ticket Brit pop-rock acts continues. After Snow Patrol, now comes Keane, a four pieceband best known for their melodic, piano-driven ballads like “Somewhere Only We Know” and “Everybody’ Changing.”
Keane is presently composed of Tim Rice-Oxley on piano and synthesizers, drummer Richard Hughes, bassist Jesse Quin and vocalist/guitarist Tom Chaplin. The band was formed in 1997 with founding member and guitarist Dominic Scott leaving the group in 2001.
In the press briefing held on Monday, October 1, Tim Rice-Oxley said, “We play sad, melancholic songs to get the misery out. Most of the time, we’re okay. Some of the best songs are sad ones really. Most of the songs on the album are hopeful though.”
Keane are on tour behind their latest and fourth studio release, “Strangeland”, which finds the band in a more upbeat mood. The wistful tracks, however, still get played a lot.
There’s the compellingly emotive “Silenced By The Night,” the bittersweet “Watch How You Go” and throwbacks to the old Keane sound, “Disconnected” and “Day Will Come.” A fine contrast is in the fist-pumping declarations in “Neon River.”
“Strangeland” is also the first time for the band to use guitars to tighten up the established piano-pop sound.
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