Keane is one of those bands that has slowly picked up momentum as time has passed. It took them nearly ten years of struggle and playing venues throughout the UK to get a record deal, and by that time they had built up a strong organic following based on singles they had released independently, as well as live shows where they could connect with fans and spread their musical message.
Eight years on from their first album, that connection is just as strong as it has ever been. Although the band’s name is more well-known on both sides of the Atlantic than it was then, Keane’s relationship with the audience is just as intimate and personal as ever. With the much-anticipated release next month of their fourth studio album, Strangeland, the veteran musicians are setting themselves up for a renewed surge of interest in their unique style of British rock.
The first single from Strangeland, entitled “Silenced by the Night,” couldn’t be timed more perfectly – it’s got an easy, laid-back feel that’s extremely well suited for summer weather. With the anthemic tagline “you and I, we’re going to rise again,” Keane may be communicating a very personal message about where their musical journey is taking them, and what lies ahead for the band.
In practical terms, what lies ahead are more live shows. Immediately after the release of the new album, Keane will be hitting major venues in the UK and Europe, including many dates that have already sold out. In the early part of the summer, they will be heading over to entertain audiences in the United States and Canada, before heading back to Europe in the middle of the summer to hit the festival circuit.
Fans in the east and midwest seem to be the luckiest in terms of the tour, with most shows being in those parts of the country, but there will also be a handful of dates in California, Utah, and Colorado. Sadly, it looks like fans in the southern states who want to see Keane live this year will either have to make a road trip north, or take the opportunity to do some traveling around Europe.
Still, for many fans, just the news of a new album from Keane is enough to keep people enthusiastic. According to the band and their producer, Dan Grech-Margeurat, this album sees the band returning to an emphasis on songwriting, which is something that they felt was lacking in the last album. For fans who have loved Keane since the beginning, this is a shift in a positive direction.
If you’ve never seen them live, though, you really are missing out, as their stage performance is not to be forgotten. It makes sense, given how much of their early career was built on live performances, and with a strong album release on the horizon, that’s got to make a lot of die-hard Keane fans excited about the coming summer.