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Wednesday, 7 March 2012


Keane Downloadhave revealed that the sound of their new album was inspired by The Vaccines.Download

The band, who are set to release their fourth album 'Strangeland' on May 7 and embark on a mini tour to support it, said the sound was inspired by 'What Did You Expect From The Vaccines'.

Speaking exclusively to NME, the band's pianist Tim Rice-Oxley said: "We loved what (producer) Dan Grech did on The Vaccines album. It had just come out. He'd also done stuff with Radiohead Downloadand produced the second Howling Bells album, which I loved. As luck would have it, Dan was a massive Keane fan, so we ended working with him." 

Meanwhile, singer Tom Chaplin compared the process of making 'Strangeland' to their 2004 debut 'Hopes And Fears'. He said: "The process began in 2010. We began demoing tracks then. It's the longest we've spent making a record since 'Hopes and Fears'."

He added: "The album has the vibe of earlier Keane. 2008's 'Perfect Symmetry' was a big self indulgent and this record felt a bit more like we knew ourselves a bit better and what our strengths were."

Rice-Oxley added: "We wanted it be less production led and focus on making sure that the songs were great. You write a lot of shit songs to get to the good ones."

He said the album was more deeply felt than before. "It's a very emotional album. The title track is about setting off in a certain path in life and thinking it's going to go one way, but finding out life's taken a detour. Pretty much every song on the album is about that. (But) it's a more hopeful record than it might sound!"

The band recently revealed the artwork for the album. They will play a nine date mini-tour in May. The run begins at Newcastle's O2 Academy on May 23 and runs until June 8, when Keane will headline London's O2 Academy Brixton.

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