Posted On 15 Aug 2019
Earlier this week on Monday, August 12th, one of Britain’s most beloved bands, Keane, sold out the West Hollywood venue, Roxy Theatre.
After months of speculation, Keane announced earlier this Summer that they will release their 5th studio album on September 20th via Island Records called “Cause And Effect.” This collection was written by Keane and produced by David Kosten and the group as well. This forthcoming collection features 11 new songs recorded in London and Sussex.
The birth of this new album came as a surprise even to the band. Keane front-man Tom Chaplin had released two successful solo albums but missed his old sparring partner, Tim Rice-Oxley. “I found myself wondering how I had come to let this very enigmatic and important relationship in my life drift,” Tom says. Meanwhile Tim found his life falling apart and from the ashes had written an album’s worth of incredibly personal songs fueled by humor as well as pain. When Tom, bassist Jesse Quin and drummer Richard Hughes heard these new songs, they were immediately drawn to them both sonically and lyrically. As Tim Rice-Oxley says, “We’re not some heritage act. We’ve got a lot of great music in us.”
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Keane was formed in 1995 in Battle, East Sussex, England. They achieved mainstream international success with the release of their 2004 debut album, “Hopes and Fears.” Topping the UK charts, the album won the 2005 Brit Award for Best British Album and it was the second best-selling British album of 2004. Together their 4 previous albums have all entered the UK charts at number 1 and accumulated sales of over 13 million worldwide and 2.6 billion streams.
In celebration of the upcoming album, “Cause And Effect,” Keane just went out on a mini tour with stops in Boulder, CO, New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.
It was hard to believe that it was a Monday night because the Roxy Theatre was filled to the brim with a loud and outgoing all-ages crowd. Yes, there were even a few children in attendance! With barely enough space to move around, this was a dedicated and loyal group of concert goers. In between songs, they roared and belted out “I Love You’s” to the band. One gentlemen continued to yell “Un-fucking believable!” All this intense energy was certainly noticed and appreciated by Keane and Chaplin continued to thank the crowd for all the amazing adrenaline. “Thank you for creating this energy that we can feed off of!” And then again later on in the night, “Thank you for continuing to make a ridiculous amount of noise.”
Ridiculous amount of noise is exactly right! The audience sang along with Chaplin for every single note of every single song. No one seemed to mind though since everyone was doing it.
Keane’s set list was full of all the music that a true Keane fan could possibly want. They played most of their biggest hits from their debut album “Hopes and Fears” including “Somewhere Only We Know,” “Everybody’s Changing,” “We Might As Well Be Stranger,” “This Is The Last Time,” “Bend and Break” and “Bedshaped.” Their sophomore album “Under The Iron Sea” was also represented with the songs “Is It Any Wonder” and “Crystal Ball.” They played 1 song off their third album, “Perfect Symmertry,” which was “Spiralling.” Performances of “You Are Young,” “Silenced By The Night,” “On The Road” and “Sovereign Light Cafe” from Keane’s fourth album, “Strangeland.” Of course the group also performed new songs “Love Too Much,” “The Way I Feel” and “Chase The Night Away.”
Half-way through the show, Keane front-man talked about how much fun they had on this short tour and how excited they are to get back on the road again next year.
“This is the end of our trip across the United States of America. We have had a lovely time. It’s the first time in 7 years we’ve been out. It’s very heartwarming to know you all haven’t gone anywhere. I haven’t felt this exhausted in a long time but it has been so worth it. It’s all been a thrill to reconnect with everyone here. Thank you for sticking with us!”
In between the screaming, singing and thunderous applause, one thing was obvious, Keane is back and better then ever. Their fans haven’t gone anywhere and they will surely be around for all of the band’s future music.