Keane: 'We've always been an alternative band'

Tom Chaplin says he and his bandmates 'have never fitted in'

Keane: 'We've always been an alternative band'

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Keane frontman Tom Chaplin has said he believes his group are "an alternative band".

The band released their fifth album 'Strangeland' last week and saw it enter the UK album chart at Number One on Sunday (May 13). Speaking to NME, Chaplin said that he believes he and his bandmates "have never fitted in" and that they've now bowed to trends when they've made music.

Asked if he considered Keane to be an alternative band, Chaplin said: "We've never fitted in. We've had our ups and downs in terms of people's perceptions of us, we've never been a band whoever gone with style or fashion. We've made records instinctively, not to keep up with anything."

He continued: "We've always felt like an alternative band, it's part of who we are, even as people we felt a bit like that. Growing up, we felt different and I think our career has borne that out, especially given the current musical climate."

Chaplin also spoke about the band's forthcoming tour, which will see them playing a total of nine shows. The run begins at Newcastle's O2 Academy on May 23 and runs until June 8, when Keane will headline London's O2 Academy Brixton.

Asked how he felt about the trek, he said: "We can't wait to get back out there. It's been a while since we've done a proper tour. The rest of the year will decide itself I guess depending how well the album does, but there seems to be a hunger from people right round the world to see us."

You can watch a video interview with Chaplin and pianist Tim Rice-Oxley, in which they discuss the creative process behind 'Strangeland', by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Keane are playing at this year's T In The Park, which is taking place July 6-8 in Balado Park, Kinross. To check the availability of T In The Park 2012 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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