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KEANE ANNOUNCE MAY 8th RELEASE DATE OF NEW ALBUM STRANGELAND
BAND TO PERFORM ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE MARCH 12TH
SXSW PERFORMANCES CONFIRMED
Santa Monica, California, February 28, 2012 – British rockers Keane will release their fourth studio album Strangeland (Cherrytree/Interscope) on May 8th in the U.S. The internationally acclaimed band will debut first single “Silenced By The Night” on Jimmy Kimmel Live March 12th (ABC, Midnight) before heading to Austin, TX for their very first showing at SXSW where they will play a handful of shows including Filter Magazine’s party on March 15th and the Rolling Stone party on March 16th.
Strangeland was produced by Dan Grech (Radiohead, The Vaccines, Howling Bells) at Sea Fog, Keane songwriter/pianist Tim Rice-Oxley's studio in South Downs, UK. Grech spoke exclusively with Billboard about his first collaboration with the group last May, who are now a four piece with the addition of new member bass player Jesse Quin who collaborated with Rice-Oxley on Mt. Desolation. Strangeland is available for pre-order now at Amazon.
Tim Rice-Oxley recently said of the album: "'Strangeland' feels like an adventure that brings with it different things for different people, and like any adventure is full of uncertainty, and the potential for mishap, as well as the possibility of amazing things and glorious discoveries. I love the idea of the journey through 'Strangeland' being a journey of redemption." For more insight into the making of Strangeland check out Keane’s album announcement album announcement.
Keane is singer Tom Chapin, drummer Richard Hughes, keyboardist Rice-Oxley and bassist Quin. Four years have elapsed since Keane’s last album Perfect Symmetry; two since Night Train, the EP which followed its three full-length predecessors to the top of the British album charts, securing them a place in pop history. If Keane’s feverishly loyal fanbase wondered what the group’s next album would sound like, they weren’t the only ones. In the eight years following the release of 2004’s 9× platinum Brit award winning Hopes & Fears, every Keane album has marked a clear progression from the previous one: the anxious emotional terrain mapped out by Under The Iron Sea to the iridescent poptimism of Perfect Symmetry.
“In many respects, it feels like the completion of a circle,” says drummer Richard Hughes. “ On the album you have songs that draw upon the experiences we used to share as kids, growing up in Battle. You can never really go back, of course. Once in a while though, after a good day, we’ll go to the local pub and talk about everything and nothing until it’s time to go home. Whatever it is that makes us Keane – that invisible glue – is still there. And you can hear it all over ‘Strangeland’.”
Keane recently announced a U.K. tour kicking off in May 2012. A June tour of the U.S. is in the works, routing to be announced soon.