Keane’s Take Their First Step to our Strangeland

Keane’s Takes Their First Step to our Stangeland

By: Sandra Laureano

They are finally here, and the world knows we have waited a long time. Keane, the British alternative band that introduced the finely melodic tunes of “Somewhere Only We Know”, “Everybody’s Changing” and “This Is the Last Time”, takes their first step in Manila. They are slated to take on the MOA Arena tonight.

With four successful albums released, the band had definitely gone a long way from being just another English band. With Tom Chaplin on vocals, Tim Rice-Oxley on piano/keyboard, Richard Hughes on drums and the recent and special addition of Jesse Quinn on bass, Keane’s music continues to make milestones in the world of music.

In good humor and quick quips on the depth and quality of their music, they graced the press with their candid yet sincere answers.

How would you define your music as “Keane”?

Richard: “The thing that ties us together is our songs tend to be very melodic, really emotionally honest, and very much about us. We’re not very interested in being cool, or being in fashion, or playing any kind of game. or trying to be popular.”

What makes Strangeland different from all previous albums?

Jesse: “I suppose, it’s partly because of me, I guess. It’s probably the best album.”

(Everyone in the band laughs.)

He continues, “This one is the first Keane album where everyone played together in a group, as a band, rather than layering things up…It is the most true to what Keane really is like.”

Tim: “It was all about breaking out of our little town, where we grew up and seek our fortunes and doing something with our lives. Strangeland is about reflecting on where we’ve got to, part is looking back and thinking out what we were dreaming of and whether we’ve achieved that.”

How would you like to be remembered?

Tom: “I’d like to be remembered as a two-hundred-hit wonder.“

Tim: “When we started out, we wanted to be like U2, Beatles. We wanted to be huge and (to) conquer the world…We’ve been very lucky to have those success, but that was a start to realize that what really matters is making music that really matters is making music that can change people’s lives in the same way that it changed our lives. Also, it’s about making something that we can be really, really proud of.”


As the years go by, they have proved to be very capable of reinventing and improving their musicality with their experiments with various instruments. With a more mature perception on the balance of songwriting and sound, Keane just gets better and better. Don’t miss out on a most certainly grand musical experience.

Keane’s latest album Strangeland released in May 2012 under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) debuted at No.1 on the UK Albums chart. This feat made them one of three bands in UK pop history to have five consecutive number 1 albums.

Keane’s albums Hopes and Fears, Perfect Symmetry and Strangeland are out now in CDs exclusively under MCA Music available at Astroplus and Odyssey or online via iTunes and

Catch Keane tonight at the Mall of Asia Arena. Tickets are only available at or call 470 2222. Ticket prices are at: VIP A (first 10 rows) 6340, VIP B 4760, Patron 4760, Lower Box 3170, Upper Box 1590 and General Admission 740.

“KEANE Live! In Manila: Strangeland Tour” is brought to you by Trilogy Live and STRO World in cooperation with Dayly Entertainment. Co-Presented by Jack TV and ETC. Major Sponsors: Terranova and Banco De Oro. Official Residence: EDSA Shangri-La Manila. Media Partners: ABS-CBN, MYX, RX 93.1, Mellow 94.7, 95.5 Pinas FM, 96.3 Easy Rock, Business World, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The La Sallian,,,, Manila Concert Scene, Philippine Concerts,,, and Special thanks to: MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines), Astroplus and Odyssey Music & Video.


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