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

Keane immediately achieved mainstream, international success with the release of their debut album, Hopes and Fears, in 2004. The album won several awards, including the Brit Award for Best British Album, and was the second best-selling British album of the year. Their second studio album, Under the Iron Sea, continued the band's success, topping the album charts in the UK and debuting at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. Their third album, Perfect Symmetry was released in October 2008. The launch featured a series of symmetry-based installations including a 10m long half image of a sleeping woman pasted over 100 cardboard boxes and reflected in 400 mirror tiles on the floor to reveal a full person.

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. Their EP, Night Train, was released in May 2010. Their fourth studio album, Strangeland, was released in May 2012, and again peaked at No.1 on the UK Albums Chart.

Keane are known for using a piano (or a synth) as the lead instrument instead of guitars, differentiating them from most other rock bands. The inclusion of a distorted piano effect in 2006 and various synthesisers were a common feature in their music that back then combined the piano rock sound used during their first album and the more electronic sound which developed on the second and third albums. Since the start of their career, the band have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.

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Keane News

Keane/Killers side-project Mt Desolation to hit the road – ticket details

Keane/Killers side-project Mt Desolation to hit the road – ticket details

Tim Rice-Oxley's new band announce tour

  • Jul 21, 2010

Keane cover U2 during intimate Glastonbury set

Trio put in a surprise tribute to the headliners that never were

  • Jun 27, 2010

Keane announce last minute acoustic appearance at Glastonbury

Trio to play Sunday afternoon (June 27) set on Avalon Stage

  • Jun 9, 2010

Keane still upset with David Cameron and Tories for using their song

He might be Prime Minister now, but the trio aren't pleased 'Everybody's Changing' was used in General Election

  • May 17, 2010

Keane score fourth UK Number One album

Plus there are high entries for The National and Foals

  • May 16, 2010

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Keane Reviews

Album Review: Keane - 'Night Train' (Island)

Album Review: Keane - 'Night Train' (Island)

The trio fall short of full-on liberation

  • May 7, 2010

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Does You Inspire You

  • Oct 24, 2008

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  • Oct 10, 2008

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