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Keane Biography


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Birth Place: Battle, East Sussex, England
Years Active: 1997 – present
Genres: Piano Rock, Alternative Rock, Post-Britpop


Keane is an English alternative rock band from Battle, East Sussex, formed in 1997. The group currently comprises Tim Rice-Oxley (piano, backing vocals), Tom Chaplin (lead vocals, guitar), Richard Hughes (drums, percussion) and Jesse Quin (bass guitar, percussion), who joined in 2008 as a permanent studio member and performer. Their original line-up included founder and guitarist Dominic Scott, who left in 2001. It was announced in February 2011 on the band's official website that Jesse Quin had become an official member of the band.

Keane achieved mainstream success with the release of their debut album, “Hopes and Fears,” in 2004. The album won multiple awards and was the second best-selling British album of the year. It has been certified 9x platinum in the UK. Top 10 singles included, "Somewhere Only We Know," "Everybody's Changing" and "Bedshaped."

Keane is known for using a piano 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 combined the piano rock sound used during their first album and the more electronic sound which developed on the second and third albums.

Their second studio album, “Under the Iron Sea,” continued the band's success, topping the album charts in the UK and debuting at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart. "Atlantic" was the first single off the album, and it charted at #35. "Is It Any Wonder?" reached #3 on the UK Singles Chart.

Their third album, “Perfect Symmetry” was released in October 2008. For this record, they included the electric guitar, making the sound of the band much more varied, but not leaving aside the traditional piano. "The Lovers Are Losing" and the title track were both released as singles

Their fourth record, an EP titled “Night Train,” was released in May 2010, debuting at #1 on the UK Chart and at #25 at Billboard 200 US chart. The single "Stop for a Minute" reached the UK Top 40.

Since the start of their career, the band has sold over 10 million albums worldwide.