Keane is made up of Tom Chaplin on vocals, Richard Hughes on drums and Tim Rice-Oxley on piano, who began to play together as high school students in Sussex, England. Hopes and Fears, the bandâ€™s debut album produced the hit song â€œSomewhere Only We Knowâ€ and sold nearly 6 million copies worldwide. The album was even recognized just this year at the Brits where it was nominated for the Best British Album of 30 Years award. Keane then released their follow-up album, Under the Iron Sea, which revealed a darker side to the two years they had spent constantly touring and songwriting. Perfect Symmetry, Keaneâ€™s third album released in 2008, and proved successfully innovative, the first of their albums to feature heavily Bowie-influenced â€œmusical saw, saxophone and vocals recorded through a drumâ€.
While touring for Perfect Symmetry, the members of Keane found themselves using their days off in the studio, putting together new material for what is now an eight-track EP, Night Train. The EP was released May 10th and features two collaborative tracks with rapper K*Naan, a very interesting pairing, as well as a track with Japanese funk MC Tigarah. The end result reveals a more experimental route for Keane, but one they full-heartedly stand by. The band put together a small, 7-date US tour in promotion of the new EP, performing in Boston at the Bank of America Pavilion on August 3rd and is also scheduled to make an appearance at the Mile High music festival in Colorado August 14th.