On May 7th, mellow British alt-indie band, Keane, released their fifth album Strangeland featuring hit single “Silenced by the Night.” The album marks Keane’s fifth consecutive release since 2004’s Hopes and Fears to rocket through the UK album charts and Strangeland hit Number One on those same charts this Sunday.
Keane, who has always been likened to their brother band Coldplay, recently said in an interview that they’ve always considered themselves less of a mainstream band and more of an “alternative band.” Frontman Tom Chaplin elaborated that they’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,” continued Chaplin. “We’ve made records instinctively, not to keep up with anything.”
“We’ve always felt like an alternative band, it’s part of who we are, even as people we felt a bit like that,” explained Chaplin in and interview with NME. “Growing up, we felt different and I think our career has borne that out, especially given the current musical climate.”
Keane talked about where they grew up in an interview with KROQ/Los Angeles.
Chaplin stating that the band tended to sing about “things they know about” like nature, rivers, and towns, such as the small one Keane came from.
“The other thing that’s in a lot of the songs is the world town,” he elaborated. “[At a recent gig], I was standing onstage and I got about halfway through the gig and I thought, ‘I must have sung the word town at least fifteen times already.'”
A topic that the “alternative” band doesn’t necessarily understand? Love.
“We don’t really understand love,” said Chaplin. “That’s why we keep messing it up. For everyone.”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles