Keane ‘go back to square one’

Band plan intimate European tour to preview new album

Keane are set to go on an intimate tour of Europe.

The band return with their second album ‘Under The Iron Sea’ on June 12, and are set to play several club dates across the continent.

Speaking to NME.COM, keyboardist Tim Rice-Oxley said returning in a low-key fashion was an important move for the band.

“We’re doing a tour of Europe, just playing small clubs,” he explained. “I think we want to avoid the trap of saying ‘Yeah, right, we’re a big band now, we’re going to go out and play arenas and stadiums to let everyone know how big we are’ because we feel that it’s really important to go back to square one and start again.”

He added: “The songs are very different, the sound is very different and we’re going to have to go out there and get people excited about it. Playing live is a huge part of that and always has been for us. It’s important for us to go out there and do that again, connect with people again and you can only really do that in smaller places.”

Keane will play:

Madrid Heineken Club (May 9)

Lisbon Aula Magna (11)

Berlin Kesselhaus (17)

Milan Rolling Stone (18)

Paris Trabendo (23)

Amsterdam Paradiso (26)

Oslo Sentrum (27)

For more information and tickets go to Keanemusic.com.