Back in June, U.K. rockers Keane spent a day at Nashville's United Record Pressing plant, a historic facility that's been churning out slabs of sweet, glorious vinyl since 1962. The building boasts an upstairs apartment that, according to legend, has played host to parties for the likes of Smokey Robinson and Hank Williams Jr., and these days, it's where engineer Chris Mara holds his 'Upstairs at United' sessions. Using vintage gear, Mara records bands straight to analog tape and releases the material in the form on 12-inch vinyl EPs.
Fueled by their smash hit 'Somewhere Only We Know,' Keane have been poster boys for piano rock ever since their debut album, 2004's 'Hopes and Fears,' was released. The Brit rockers have since put out three more studio records and sold over 10 million albums worldwide. While we wait for more music from the group -- Tom Chaplin, Tim Rice-Oxley, Richard Hughes and Jesse Quin -- we're counting down the 10 Best Keane Songs that have come out so far.
Power outages are pretty common in the summer, when the heat and humidity lead to air conditioners and fans working overtime, putting pressure on the infrastructure of utilities providers. Concerts are not exempt from such instances, as British piano pop rockers Keane found out on Thursday (June 21) when performing at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. The band had its set short due to a power outage that was actually caused by a MMW transformer catching fire. Clearly, it was no fault of the band.
The drum technician killed in the stage collapse before Saturday's Radiohead outdoor concert in Toronto, Canada, was obviously working with Radiohead at the time, but 33-year-old Scott Johnson had a CV that included similar work with other British bands. Johnson previously spent time as both a drum technician and stage manager for Keane, so of course, the British rockers were devastated by the news.
Keane's new album 'Strangeland' -- a Top 20 hit here in the States and a chart-topping smash across Europe -- is ready to extend the band's run of radio success with the set's third single, 'Sovereign Light Cafe.' Although the song isn't scheduled to go to radio for adds until mid-July, the band debuted the official video for the song today (May 30).