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What questions are in this FAQ?

The basics

Who are Keane?
Anyone else?
Where did the name come from?
Who are Keane's influences?
Is there another band called Keane?
When are Keane touring?

The people

Do they have girlfriends?
What are Keane's favourite...
Where can I find pictures of Keane?

Technical questions

Does Tim sing at all?
Does Richard sing at all?
What equipment do they use?
Pre-2008 - How does it work live then? Is there a bass?
Where do the projections come from?
So are there really no guitars?

The music

What are the songs about?
So why no guitars then?
Where can I find lyrics and guitar tabs?
Who writes the songs in the band?

Online

Do the band have a myspace profile?
Where is the Keane board?
Where can I get more info about Keane?
Where can I get merchandise?

Releases

What have they released?
Why don't you have information about 'Broken Little Words' and 'The Theft Of Octo'?
Where have Keane got to in the charts?
Have any Keane songs ever been remixed?
What is the "Special Edition" Hopes and Fears?
What is the music after "Put It Behind You" on Under The Iron Sea?
How much are my Keane CDs, records and promos worth?
Have Keane ever done any covers, or been covered?
Is there a DVD out there or coming soon?
I can't find the extras on the Strangers DVD!
Have Keane made any videos?
What are these fanzines I've heard about?

Artwork

What are the things on the cover of Hopes and Fears?
What fonts have been used on Keane artwork?
What are the 'simple thing' aliens in the Somewhere Only We Know video?
Where can I get posters?

Controversy

Do Keane hate the Darkness?
Do Keane hate the Libertines?
Do the band have a stylist / are they manufactured?

Other

Have Keane won any awards?
What's Mansers Shaw?
Drugs


The basics

Who are Keane?

Tom Oliver Chaplin - Vocals, guitars, live keyboards (8th March 1979)
Tim James Rice-Oxley - Piano, keyboards, bass (2000-2007), guitar, percussion, backing vocals (2nd June 1976)
Richard David Hughes - Drums, percussion, backing vocals (8th September 1975)

Jesse Quin is also listed in the album Perfect Symmetry for: bass, guitar (track 10), percussion, backing vocals.

For general info about Keane and a biography, see Keanemusic.com. There's also an interesting feature from early 2004 at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3363889.stm.

Anyone else?

James Sanger is credited with songwriting for Bedshaped, This Is The Last Time, Sunshine, She Has No Time, Walnut Tree and To The End Of The Earth. I believe in 2002, they went to James's studio at Les Essarts in the south of France, where they produced 12 demos which helped shape the Keane sound. According to the tab book, 15% of those songs are credited to "Chrysalis Music Limited" (as opposed to "BMG Music Publishing Limited" with whom Keane got a publishing contract in 2002), so I assume that's his cut!

Also, there used to be a guitarist named Dominic Scott, but he left the band in July 2001. (Source)
As a 4piece, Tom played acoustic guitar as well as singing, and Tim featured on bass! There are some pictures as evidence (!) on http://www.efestivals.co.uk/misc/reviews/keane010601.shtml and http://www.efestivals.co.uk/misc/interviews/keane010525.shtml.

At the band's headline slot at the O2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park on 29th June 2005, Rufus Wainwright dueted on the song Try Again.

In November 2007, Jesse Quin played bass at the War Child concert (on Under Pressure) and also through the whole set at the Union Chapel, London.

Jesse Quin is credited on the album Perfect Symmetry for "bass, guitar (track 10), percussion, backing vocals"

The album Perfect Symmetry is the first time additional musicians have been used on record:

Where did the name come from?

As children, they were looked after by a lady named "Cherry Keane". This was eventually shortened to Keane.

TC: Why the name Keane?
Tim Rice-Oxley: We were sitting in this pub in Dublin waiting to play a gig and were told that we needed a name. We hadn't actually gotten round to choosing one at that point, it was just one of those things we kept putting off.
Anyway, we were all reminiscing about this old lady who used to look after us when we were younger, her name was Cherry Keane. So in the end we decided to name ourselves after her. Later on we decided to drop the 'Cherry' part and just be known as Keane. We thought it was a magical name, we really liked it.

TC: So it has some significance then?
Tim Rice-Oxley:Yeah definitely. She was one of those people who really encouraged us to follow our dreams and do the musical stuff we loved rather than worrying about whether we were going to get 'proper' jobs. She was always really nice to us - even when we sounded completely awful! She has a special place in our hearts.

Source

The name "Keane" is pronounced the same as the English word "keen". Click here to hear the guys introduce the band and themselves.

Who are Keane's influences?

"We grew up listening to The Beatles, Paul Simon, The Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson, Queen, and then got into U2, R.E.M, The Smiths, and Radiohead. 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."

Source

Is there another band called Keane?

Yes, it seems there's a few artists... Keane - Keane - as you can probably guess from the pictures, this isn't actually the Keane we know and love - sorry! Nor are Keane Brothers - Keane Brothers or Keane Brothers - Today Tomorrow & Tonight.
Only what's listed on the Discography is truly by Rice-Oxley, Chaplin and Hughes.

When are Keane touring?

Tour information is available on the official site: http://www.keanemusic.com.


The people

Do they have girlfriends?

Tim married around February 2005 in a low-key wedding, and Tom and Richard are reported in the media to have girlfriends - sorry girls.

"'Look,' he says, clearly offended. 'To be honest... the whole, sort of, girlfriends part of my life is not something I want to talk about. Why? It's private, that's why. And anyway, I'm the drummer in Keane. Why would anyone give a shit?'"
Richard, Q Magazine, January 2005.

You can read Tim's comment on the band's privacy here.

A word of warning - the boardies on the messageboard seem to take the same sort of stance, so you're unlikely to get an answer about details of any of the band's personal lives.

What are Keane's favourite...

Colour - Tim - Green; Richard - Blue; Tom - Blue
Food - Tim - "i love greek and italian food, but i'll try anything. i particularly like artichokes..."; Richard - "i love mushrooms and cheese, often together."; Tom - "I'll eat plenty of anything but nothing beats a hearty roast" (Source)
Tim is also apparently very fond of Macoroni cheese - 2/3rd cheddar. About 1/3rd gruyere. A dash of English mustard as you thicken the sauce.
Cheese - Tim - Yarg; Richard - Gruyere; Tom - Stilton (Source)
Biscuits - Tim - custard creams; Richard - plain chocolate Hobnobs; Tom - caramel digestive
"They're offering to buy the band some food. Eyes light up. Mars Bars and crisps are ordered, while Rich gets barked at when he requests, quite camply, 'A Flake.' Tim rolls his eyes ashamedly. 'These are our equivalent of drugs.'" (Source)

Where can I find pictures of Keane?


Technical questions

So are there really no guitars?

Between 2003 and 2007, Keane have used no guitars in their music - there are none on Hopes and Fears or Under The Iron Sea. The band have categorically stated this in many interviews, and the effects were created by using standard effects pedals and amplifiers.

Using guitars wasn't ruled out, because Tom's (Chaplin, singer) quite good at the guitar," keyboard player Tim Rice-Oxley told NME.COM. "We were definitely envisaging the possibility of using a bit of guitar early on but we never got round to it."

Instead Rice-Oxley said the band became intent on experimenting with their piano-led set-up.

"I was touring around the world and, when I was on my travels, I picked up all these vintage cassette units and all these weird gadgets," he recalled. "When we got home and got in the studio, I realised that there was this whole world of sounds that no-one had ever really explored before.

"People are so obsessed with guitars, but putting an electric piano into a whole chain of effects and seeing what comes out is something that, as far as I know, no-one has ever done before."

He added that once the band had gone down this route six-stringed instruments didn't get a look in.

"We probably didn't ever consider becoming a guitar band again," Rice-Oxley explained. "We used to be a guitar band when we started and we've been there. The sounds on this record are really exciting and expressive of the lyrics and the music. I'm really excited about how far we can go with it."

Source

Tom picked up an acoustic guitar again for the October 2006 UK tour for an acoustic version of Your Eyes Open, and at an Apple Store gig (12th December 2006) it featured on A Bad Dream and Is It Any Wonder. Throughout 2007, Tom has play acoustic guitar on many tracks - during Broken Toy it was a regular, and Tom has also played solo festival slots on acoustic guitar. He is yet to play electric guitar.

In January 2007, She Sells Sanctuary was the first recording to feature an acoustic guitar. Guitars have also been seen pictures of the forthcoming third album's recording sessions.

Tom and Tim played guitar on the album Perfect Symmetry, as did Jesse on Black Burning Heart.

Does Tim sing at all?

Yes. (Let me know if you think you hear more!)

He's also been singing live since around October 2004.

Does Richard sing at all?

Richard sings on the studio recording of Under Pressure, and also the album Perfect Symmetry. He also begun singing live in 2006.

What equipment do they use?

Please note that this section is mostly centred around the 2004 setup, with some details from the 2006 setups. keanebackline.info promises a comprehensive guide to all gear over the years when it launches (but don't hold your breath ;))

Tim

Tim's main piano is a Yamaha CP70B Electric Piano. Click here for the CP70B manual. Other users of Yamaha CP70s have included U2, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, John Paul Jones, Billy Joel and the Buggles (watch the video for Video Killed The Radio Star carefully). Tim has been known to use other very similar models, such as the CP70M for the Saturday Night Live performance. (Essentially the same, but with a MIDI output, 2 effects loops and active 7 band EQ). It's been revealed that Tim actually has 10 CP70Bs: 2 performances ones in US, 2 in UK; then 4 more for practice and recording, and 2 others for spare parts, including the original one. On stage amps and effects - A Fender "Twin" amp was briefly used in early 2004, and appears to have made a comeback in 2006. As of 2006, Tim uses two racks mounted with six Line6 Pod XT Pros and other effects. A Line 6 FBV Shortboard foot controller is used to control the rack-mounted XT Pro (facing at 45 degrees to the CP70, on Tim's left). Thanks to Mart for this info.
Bass guitars - Tim uses Fender Jazz and Fender Precision bass guitars.
Synth basses - On "Hopes and Fears", Tim reportedly used a Yamaha CP35 keyboard for the basslines of Your Eyes Open and Untitled 1 (the link features scans which are in English - you may have to scroll down! Any other sites with info would be welcomed...), and a Yamaha DX-7 for the bassline of Bedshaped.

Richard

Richard uses a white Marine Pearl Yamaha "Maple Custom Absolute Nouveau" kit (12" rack tom, 14" and 16" floor toms, 13" snare, 22" kick) (Source), with Sabian HHX cymbals: 14" groove hats, 21" dry ride and 18" crash; as well as a hand hammered 17" crash, a groove wedge and a tambourine. (Source). He also has used other kits for American tours, and a variety of 'shaker' percussion for acoustic shows.

As of 2006, it appears the tambourine has moved to Richard's left, above a new third floor tom. There is also a new type of Yamaha drum mic (thanks Tom!).

Tom

On stage amps and effects - Similarly to Tim, in 2006 Tom began to use a Fender "Twin" amp for keyboards; and a smaller effects rack (4 bays; 2 of which are Line6 Pod XT Pros).

Studio and live setups

Studio setup - Andy Green (album producer/engineer/programmer) was interviewed for Sound on Sound magazine's August 2004 issue: click here for a transcript. This excellent article tells of the recording process in some detail and is 'geek heaven' (describing the type of tapes used for recording, microphones and setups used).

Live setup - For Tom and Tim's vocals, Sennheiser e935s are used. Also, Sennheiser e604s and e602s are used on the toms, e614s on overheads and hihats, and an e609 on the tambourine. Also used are a Shure 57 on snare top, Beta 57 on snare bottom, and a (Shure Beta?) 91 and Sennheiser 421 on kick. (Source). Click out that link for more information about the Front Of House and monitor setups.

Pre-2008 - How does it work live then? Is there a bass?

As the observant of you may have noticed, there's an Apple Powerbook G4 computer (Titanium model) sitting to Tim's right (running the software package Logic Pro) which plays samples, which have been recorded in advance. These are usually strings, keyboard bass or bass guitar (all played by Tim), and the synth 'noises' such as those found in Everybody's Changing.
In order for the band to stay in time with the computer, there has to be a click track metronome (high and low congos) - imagine someone clapping along to every Keane song all the way through. Tim, Richard and now Tom are equipped with earpieces to be able to hear this (the Sennheiser ew300 G2 system if you're interested!). The giant plectrum shaped object near Tim is a transmitter for his in-ear monitor.
They use the equipment in the above question, and have in the past sometimes used a Fender 'The Twin' guitar amp as a piano monitor. The amp is miked up and this sound is mixed with the sound straight from the piano, to produce the 'live piano' sound. (As seen in the Everybody's Changing video and photo shoots)

For Keane, two PowerBook G4 systems and Logic Pro do double duty as live instruments, playing anywhere from 8 to 24 audio tracks per song. But running Logic Pro in a live setting poses unique challenges for programmer and technician Geoff Kakoschke. For maximum flexibility, Kakoschke builds each song separately using Rice-Oxley's original, pre-album Logic Pro tracks.

"Because I'm using Tim's original audio files," explains Kakoschke, "I decided I didn't want to get to the end and go, 'Right - that's the mix. It's set in stone.' I do all of my processing in real time. I use the Overdrive plug-in a lot to create valve warmth. There's also at least one PlatinumVerb in every song. And then there's a ton of automation to keep the parts - especially the bass parts - coming in and out nice and clean. Because of the power of the program and the power of the hardware we're running it on, doing everything in real time is great. And it means I can change something if I want to - at a second's notice."

Using a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to control Rice-Oxley's onstage setup from his offstage PowerBook G4, Kakoschke loads the show. "We have a few acoustic moments where I load the songs in sets. For each set, the songs come up and we just switch between them. The songs are saved in such a way that they automatically go in the order they're meant to be, on the screen where they're meant to be."

As for the dual-PowerBook configuration he has devised, Kakoschke explains that "unlike a master-slave relationship, they're running completely independently - two systems running in sync, but unaware that the other exists. So we have this facility that if a system does have a problem, I can just hit the other system and on it goes."

As a notable exception, Tim played electric bass for the 12th December 2006 Apple Store gig (Regent Street, London, UK) - available on iTunes UK.

Where do the projections come from?

"In addition to its live audio acrobatics, Keane tours with an accompanying video show played back via a Power Mac G5 running High End System's Catalyst Pro 3.3. "This system allows me to control video playback directly from the lighting console," says video and lighting technician Rob Sinclair. "That way, I keep the video in sync with all my lighting cues."

Both Sinclair and filmmaker Corin Hardy, who created all the original video content, used Final Cut Pro and Compressor to edit and compress for projection. And for upcoming tour dates, Sinclair is using Motion to prepare new graphics."

The projections for the Hopes and Fears tour were created and directed by Corin Hardy. The 'egghead man' and shadow puppets were created by David Lupton.


The music

What are the songs about?

You can now find this information on the About the songs page.

So why no guitars then?

"I find the fact that the guitar has taken over quite weird. The piano's been around for hundreds of years in various forms and the guitar has been around a much shorter time so it's quite strange that it dominates popular music to such an extent.

In the current climate, you get bands like Ben Folds Five - they use piano an awful lot, Hope of The States have a piano live, Coldplay obviously. Piano is there, it's just not the focus.

Guitar has got to such a point where you get the three boys from Busted all doing the jump up in the air at the same time, and I certainly find that some of the people at our gigs are relieved that there isn't someone jumping up at the start of the chorus doing the classic Pete Townshend move! It's not a statement, and we'll probably end up using guitars at some point. It's just the way that works for us, we've just evolved into this way - we did actually have a lead guitarist, but he left the band."

Source

Tom also used to play guitar in the previous lineup, as did lead guitarist Dom Scott. He picked up an acoustic guitar again for the October 2006 UK tour, for an acoustic version of Your Eyes Open, and at an Apple Store gig (12th December 2006) it featured on A Bad Dream and Is It Any Wonder.

Where can I find lyrics and guitar tabs?

Lyrics are available from http://keaneshaped.co.uk/disco.
There is piano sheet music available for Hopes and Fears from Amazon and also Somewhere Only We Know from musicroom.com.

However, simple tabs for every released Keane song ever are still available for free, from http://keaneshaped.co.uk/tabs.

Who writes the songs in the band?

Although Tim writes the basis for all songs, each member adds their own style to their parts - they have all been credited in all releases so far! (Rice-Oxley, Chaplin, Hughes). Tom has alluded to producing a solo album in the future on a number of occasions.


Online

Do the band have a myspace profile?

Yes! The band's official myspace is http://www.myspace.com/keane.

Where is the Keane board?

http://forum.keanemusic.com. Sign up, and say hi in "We Might As Well Be Strangers"!

Where can I get more info about Keane?

For a great list of Keane sites, check out this page on keanebackline.info.

Where can I get merchandise?

http://keane.trinitystreetdirect.com has some, although it's slightly cheaper at gigs (no P&P!). Merchandise will almost always be available where Keane are playing.
As a general rule of thumb, only stuff made by Sandbag (or its Keane section, "Rag and Bone Clothing") is official. If you use touts you're getting probably inferior goods which aren't helping out the band - you've been warned!


Releases

What have they released?

See the Keane discography at http://keaneshaped.co.uk/disco.

Why don't you have information about 'Broken Little Words' and 'The Theft Of Octo'?

These albums are fan-make fake releases of various Keane songs. Bootlegs. Pirate CDs. Illegal albums. They are not officially approved or endorsed by the band and record labels. Please be aware that by downloading them, you are committing music piracy.

On both collection, the majority of tracks are available for download - please see the discography for links to legally download the songs in high quality.

Please note that the track 'The Theft Of Octo' is simply The Iron Sea played backwards, and not a new song.

Where have Keane got to in the charts?

Highest UK chart positions: 
 
May 03 - Everybody's Changing	- did not chart (although BBC reported 122) 
Oct 03 - This Is The Last Time	- did not chart (ineligible due to web links) 
Feb 04 - Somewhere Only We Know	- 3
Apr 04 - Everybody's Changing	- 4
May 04 - Hopes And Fears	- 1
Aug 04 - Bedshaped		- 10
Nov 04 - This Is The Last Time	- 18

May 06 - Is It Any Wonder?	- 3
Jun 06 - Under The Iron Sea	- 1
Aug 06 - Crystal Ball		- 20
Oct 06 - Nothing In My Way	- 19
Jan 07 - A Bad Dream		- 23
Oct 07 - The Night Sky		- did not chart (ineligible due to a free poster with 7" and a competition)

Aug 08 - Spiralling		- 23
Oct 08 - Perfect Symmetry	- 1
Oct 08 - The Lovers Are Losing	- 52
Dec 08 - Perfect Symmetry	- did not chart

For complete chart runs, see the Discography.

Have any Keane songs ever been remixed?

Yes! As well as loads of unofficial fan remixes, here are those which have been officially approved by the band.

What is the "Special Edition" Hopes and Fears?

The track "On A Day Like Today" was omitted from many international releases of Hopes and Fears, so that Universal could label the UK edition as a "Special Edition" of the album. The band however consider "On A Day Like Today" to definately be a part of Hopes and Fears! Thus if you've bought Hopes and Fears in the UK but it doesn't have the track on, or a sticker, then it's probably been cheaply imported. The track can be downloaded from 7Digital.

What is the music after "Put It Behind You" on Under The Iron Sea?

The track "The Iron Sea" was omitted from many international releases of Under The Iron Sea, so that Universal could label the UK edition as a "Special Edition" of the album. The band however consider "The Iron Sea" to definately be a part of Under The Iron Sea!

However, the song "The Iron Sea" does feature after the end of track 7 (Put It Behind You) on international versions, although is not listed in the tracklistings.

It has no vocals, although some websites mistaken list the lyrics for "Beyond The Sea" by Bobby Davrin ("Somewhere beyond the sea").

How much are my Keane CDs, records and promos worth?

There are rough estimates for each item in the Discography section.

Have Keane ever done any covers, or been covered?

Yes - please see http://keaneshaped.co.uk/disco.

Is there a DVD out there or coming soon?

The band released their Strangers DVD on 14th November 2005 in the UK, and on the 22nd November in the USA. You can find more information about the DVD in the Discography section.

A number of short DVDs have already been released featuring the videos from the Hopes and Fears singles campaign - such as the This Is The Last Time DVD, German Bedshaped DVD (also sent out in a competition for those who bought the Live Recordings 2004 EP), various Far Eastern versions of the album, and a USA Dual Disc version of Hopes and Fears.

The Keane Live recording of their 2007 O2 Arena, London show was released in 2007.

A recording of their Keane Curate A Night For War Child is to be released in 2008.

I can't find the extras on the Strangers DVD!

Simply press "Enter" on your remote (or keyboard if you're viewing on a computer) to turn on the interactive menu. The options change every chapter and you can select the various videos and extras from here.

Disc 1
ChapterSongUpLeftRightDown
2SunshineLiveWith Or Without You (radio session)Backstage (Brixton feature)
3TomTimRichardPhoto Archive
4DomHope and Anchor
5Somewhere Only We KnowLiveVideo [UK]Video [US]
6After The Gig (Cochella)
7Can't Stop NowLiveAbout Song
8She Has No TimeLiveLive VisualsAbout Song
9Your Eyes OpenLiveAbout Song
10This Is The Last TimeLiveVideoMaking OfAbout Song
11AllemandeLiveTom's voiceDrumming
12Songwriting
Disc 2
ChapterSongUpLeftRightDown
1Snowed UnderLive
2BedshapedLiveVideoMaking OfAbout Song
3We Might As Well Be StrangersLiveLive AcousticLive VisualsAbout Song
4On Nick Drake
5Bend and BreakLiveTV Ad 1TV Ad 2TV Ad 3
6On A Day Like TodayLiveGallery
7Everybody's ChangingLiveVideo [UK]Video [US]About Song
8Backstage (at Brits)
9Hamburg SongLiveAbout Song
10Ivor Novellos
11Try AgainDuet (Rufus feature)

Have Keane made any videos?

For information about the videos, montages of what they look like, and where to find them, see the Videography section.

What are these fanzines I've heard about?

Keane fans from the internet messageboard have produced two fanzines.


Artwork

What are the things on the cover of Hopes and Fears?

Although they might look like golf clubs or microphone stands, the objects on the cover are actually piano hammers. There's also a nice animation here, and FAQ about pianos here.
The different regions of the world have different colour covers:

This artwork was designed by Alex Lake, who has produced a lot of the artwork for Keane, and been at countless gigs doing photos.

What fonts have been used on Keane artwork?

The name of the typeface used on the Hopes and Fears-era covers was called Cochin.

For Under The Iron Sea, a font was designed especially for Keane. Click here to download a fan version of the font (upper case only). Click here to download another fan version of the font (thank to Allan in Guatemala!).

What are the 'simple thing' aliens in the Somewhere Only We Know video?

The 'simple thing' aliens were created by the video director Corin Hardy, but were based upon the 'kodamas' from the anime film "Princess Mononoke" - see here for apicture of the origials!

"Q: What is Kodama, the white little creature?
Kodama means "echo" (its literal meaning is a "tree spirit"). However, since its name is written in Katakana, not in Kanji, it could also mean "small ball" or "small spirit". They (there are many, in various sizes and shapes) are a kind of spirit who live in the forest. Although Kodama (a tree spirit) appears in many Japanese folktales, Kodama as a little white creature is Miyazaki's creation."

Source

Where can I get posters?

Please let me know if you know of any others!

Controversy

Do Keane hate the Darkness?

No. Here's the story in full...

Do Keane hate the Libertines?

No.

I believe that Tom and Richard did go drinking with the Libertines in Japan, so are very much on friendly terms!

Do the band have a stylist / are they manufactured?

No. Check out the following messageboard post from Tim, in response to an article in the Guardian (Friday 8th July 2005) claiming the band were styled.

Dear everyone,

We're pretty angry about the article in The Guardian today by Alexis Petridis in which he bizarrely chooses to use Keane as an illustration of how all bands today are manufactured.

Even though most people in the media have been extremely kind to us in the last couple of years, we've nonetheless become used to the odd poor review and snide comment. Generally our approach is to try to ignore all media coverage of the band, good and bad, and get on with playing gigs and writing songs. However, when someone chooses to present as the truth a series of lies and wild inaccuracies about the way we are as people and as a band, we feel unable to just sit here and shrug our shoulders.

Mr Petridis' account of how our band has been shaped and polished by image consultants, media trainers and stylists is so stupidly inaccurate as to actually be vaguely amusing. It's hard to tell whether his story is founded on some inexplicable malice or merely incompetent research, but he has certainly been very creative. The suggestion that Moving Brands had anything to do with creating an image or ethos for the band is offensive and ridiculous. The idea that we might have been sat down to conduct mock interviews is bordering on hilarious. Our one tentative brush with someone who brought us free clothes to wear felt so awkward and uncomfortable that we vowed never to do it again. Finally, Alex lake is not an employee of Moving Brands, nor is he any kind of image consultant; he is a trusted friend, sometime roadie and independent photographer who has taken many excellent shots of the band and with us has designed most of our record sleeves.

The journalist's conclusion that many so-called indie bands are in fact manufactured products may well be correct for all I know. However, Keane is not one of those bands. I doubt there are many bands out there who have less to do with the strange world of manufactured pop than us. I doubt there is any band out there that has more complete artistic control and independence in everything it does. I don't know of any band out there that has waited and worked for longer to have its moment in the spotlight. And I don't understand how a supposedly music-loving journalist can whinge about the lack of integrity in British music and at the same time bemoan the success of a band of childhood friends that writes intensely personal songs, controls all its artistic output, and rejects styling or branding of any kind. Our image, if we have one, has been shaped only by me, Tom and Richard and the songs we write.

Source

Other

Have Keane won any awards?

Yes! As well as many smaller awards and countless nominations, Keane have picked up:

What's Mansers Shaw?

Mansers Shaw (as mentioned in Snowed Under) is a place in Battle, of Battle of Hastings fame (at the time it was empty fields, but William built the Battle Abbey to celebrate his victory). It is one of the supposed locations of the Malfosse - a part of the Battle of Hastings after King Harold's death where the Saxons killed quite a few Normans and almost won the battle. Mansers Shaw was even called Malfosse as an alternative name until the early part of the last century.

Some of the members of the messageboard have been on 'pilgrimages' there (myself included!) - Click here to read Dave's account.

There's also some pictures - thanks very much to Dave!
Picture 1, picture 2, picture 3, picture 4, picture 5, picture 6

Drugs

On 22nd August 2006, the band's official site (keanemusic.com) released this statement:

Following last week's announcement that Tom has been diagnosed with exhaustion, he has admitted himself into a private clinic.

Tom said, "I've been having to deal with an increasing problem with drink and drugs, and the time has come to get the professional help I need to sort myself out. I feel desperately disappointed to be letting down our fans, but I want to get myself right now so that I can be back on the road for the rest of the year."

As a result, the band will be taking a break from touring and some US dates will be postponed.

All subsequent dates for August 2006 amd the September/October 2006 USA tour were cancelled. The band made their return to huge critical and fan acclaim in Hull, UK on 17th October 2006.

Although recreational alcohol/cannabis use has been alluded to previously in interviews, this was the first official statement on the matter.


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