Keane: ‘Our last album was self-indulgent’

Singer Tom Chaplin hints that band lost their way with 2008 LP 'Perfect Symmetry'

Keane singer Tom Chaplin has admitted that the band’s last album ‘Perfect Symmetry’ was “self-indulgent”.

The band are set to release their new studio LP ‘Strangeland’ on May 7 and, in an interview with XFM, the frontman said he had been eager to make an album that had a more immediate sound than its 2008 predecessor and boasted “more single contenders”.

He said:

We felt that ‘Perfect Symmetry’ was pretty sprawling, a little bit self-indulgent in places. Certainly sonically – we referenced Bowie, Talking Heads, those kind of bands, which was quite an unusual step for us.

Talking about the new LP, meanwhile, he added: “With this record, we felt we wanted to get back to having a problem with choosing singles. Like being stuck with 10 or 12 real single contenders from the album. We’ve had a lot of headaches over which song we should release first!”

Last week (March 7), the band revealed that they had been influenced by The Vaccines on the LP. Speaking to NME, pianist Tim Rice-Oxley said: “We loved what (producer) Dan Grech did on The Vaccines album. It had just come out. He’d also done stuff with Radiohead and produced the second Howling Bells album, which I loved. As luck would have it, Dan was a massive Keane fan, so we ended working with him.”

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

Keane will tour the UK in support of ‘Strangeland’ in May, 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.

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