Keane

FRESH: ‘Love Too Much’ – Keane

Keane return after a six year hiatus with a brand new single and album!

by Christopher Smith

British group Keane are back with a brand new album “Cause And Effect”, their first fresh work for seven years, together with a brand new single and a reflective video for “Love Too Much”, which has been released today on Island Records. Formed in Sussex in 1995, it took Tom Chaplin, Tim Rice-Oxley and Richard Hughes another nine years before they won audience and critical approval with their singles “Somewhere Only We Know” and “Everybody’s Changing” taken from the seven million-plus selling album “Hopes And Fears”.

Keane originated as a four piece band with guitarist Dominic Scott who played live sets across Southern England and released two singles in 2000 before Scott left the group the following year. Since then, reduced to a threesome, Keane built a strong following on both sides of the Atlantic as well as across Europe and further afield, winning two Brit Awards, an Ivor Novello and two Grammy nominations. Their second long player “Under The Iron Sea” in 2006 quickly gained triple Platinum certification in the UK for sales of 900,000 copies as well as a Gold certification in America and featured the singles “Is It Any Wonder?”, “Crystal Ball” and “Nothing In My Way”.

Jessie Quinn joined the group in 2007 for the recording of their third album “Perfect Symmetry”, released the following year and selling over 900,000 copies. The album featured the singles “Spiralling” and “The Lovers Are Losing”. Their most recent studio album “Strangeland” came in 2012 which was preceded by the single “Silenced By The Night”, which was followed by a “Best Of” in 2013. Although the group have largely been silent for some years, they released the singles “Tear Up This Town” in 2014 and “The Night Sky”, a song originally recorded and scheduled for release in 2007. Ten years later in 2017, Keane released the track digitally for the War Child charity, helping post-conflict children in areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

All four band members have not been so quiet in the years since “Strangeland”, all working on solo projects with Rice-Oxley and Quinn forming the duo Mt. Desolation in 2010 and releasing two studio albums. Rice-Oxley has also found additional success as a songwriter, composing lyrics for artists like Gwen Stefani (“Early Winter”), Kylie Minogue (“Everything Is Beautiful“), Gary Barlow (“Jump”) and Travis (“Magnificent Time”). Chaplin released two solo albums in 2016 and 2017, while drummer Hughes has ploughed much of his time into charitable causes as well as being a human rights activist for Amnesty International.

“Cause And Effect” is released on 20th September and has already seen the release of the track “The Way I Feel”. The album has been produced by David Kosten aka Faultline, who has produced Marian and The Diamonds singer Marina Diamandis 2015 album “Froot” and worked with the likes of Coldplay, The Flaming Lips and R.E.M. Keane hit the road this Autumn and Winter across the UK, Mexico and The USA in support of the album with many dates already sold out and others with only limited seats available. If you want to see the band play live for the first time in six years, click here for dates and to book!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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