Keane performing live in Washington D.C, United States in 2009. From left to right: Tim Rice-Oxley, Jesse Quin, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes
Background information
Also known asThe Lotus Eaters (1995-1997)
Cherry Keane (1997)
OriginBattle, East Sussex, England
GenresPiano rock, alternative rock, post-Britpop, New Wave[1]
Years active1997–present
LabelsIsland, Interscope, Fierce Panda
Associated actsMt. Desolation, Jesse Quin & The Mets, K'naan
Tom Chaplin
Tim Rice-Oxley
Richard Hughes
Jesse Quin
Past members
Dominic Scott
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Keane are an English rock band. They started in East Sussex. They are known for using pianos and their little use of guitars in their music. They listen to artists like The Beatles, U2 and Oasis.

Tim Rice-Oxley and Dom Scott composed the songs that the band played from 1997 to 2001. When Dom left in 2001, Tim composed all the future songs.


Beginning (1995 - 2003)

Pianist Tim Rice-Oxley and singer Tom Chaplin were friends since they were kids. Rice-Oxley's brother was born on the same day and hospital in 1979.

They studied at Vinehall School and later at Tonbridge School. There, they met the other member of the band, Richard Hughes.

Tim made the band in 1995 with his friend Dominic Scott. They named the band "The Lotus Eaters". They changed their name to "Cherry Keane" in 1997, when Chaplin entered the band. Cherry Keane was a woman who served tea at Tim and Tom's school. The name changed again to "Keane". In an interview on 2006, Rice-Oxley said that the band was called Coldplay, but he gave this name to a friend (Chris Martin, of Coldplay).

Keane began playing songs by other artists, but soon they wanted to play their own songs.
Their first live performance (gig) was in 1998, at the "Hope & Anchor" pub (bar) in England.

They made 2 CDs and sold at the pubs where they played. Scott left the band in 2001. Tim wrote "Everybody's Changing" for this.

In December 2002, Simon Williams of Fierce Panda went to a Keane gig in and he offered to make the band's next and first commercial single (song), "Everybody's Changing". The single was released on 2003.

Hopes and Fears (2003 - 2006)

After another single, in 2004, Island Records invited Keane to make a single with them. "Everybody's Changing" was made after "Somewhere Only We Know". An album was released in May and called "Hopes And Fears". The album was very successful and it was the second best-seller album of the year.

The album sold five million (5,000,000) copies. In 2006, they competed for a Grammy but they lost.

Under the Iron Sea (2006 - 2007)

Keane began recording their second album, "Under the Iron Sea", in 2005, with producer Andy Green.

The first two singles from the album were "Atlantic" and "Is It Any Wonder?". Now, the album has sold one million (2,000,000) copies in the world.

Perfect Symmetry

Their third album is called Perfect Symmetry. It was released 13 October 2008 to favourable reviews.


The band's fourth album was released in May 2012 through Island Records. It went straight to No.1 in the UK Albums Chart.

Equipment list

This is a list of Keane's equipment.

  • Yamaha CP70B Electric piano
  • Yamaha CP70M Electric piano
  • Synthesizers:
  • Rhodes Suitcase Piano
  • Nord Lead 3
  • Yamaha CP60M
  • Fender Precision Bass
  • Fender Jazz
  • Yamaha CP35 Bass synthesizer
  • Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer
  • Hammond XK2
  • Yamaha Maple Custom "Absolute Nouveau"
  • Sennheiser e602s/e604s/e935s/421
  • Shure Beta 57/91
  • Other:
  • Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium
  • Apple PowerMac G5



Keane releases:

Singles (songs)



Keane have won the following awards:

  • Brit Award for New Artist
  • Brit Award for Best Album
  • Premios Onda for Best International Band
  • Q Magazine for Best Album
  • Ivor Novello for Best Composer (Tim Rice-OXley)


  1. "Keane finds 'perfect' balance". Chicago Tribune. 14 October 2008.
  2. Farrar, Justin (May 2012). "Album Information Strangeland by Keane". Napster.

Other websites


Tim Rice-Oxley | Tom Chaplin | Richard Hughes | Dominic Scott
Albums: Hopes and Fears | Under the Iron Sea | Perfect Symmetry | Strangeland
Extended plays: EP Live Recordings 2004 | Retrospective EP1 | Night Train | Retrospective EP2
Singles: "Call Me What You Like" | "Wolf at the Door" | "Everybody's Changing (Part 1)" | "This Is the Last Time (Part 1)" | "Somewhere Only We Know" | "Everybody's Changing (Part 2)" | "Bedshaped" | "This Is the Last Time (Part 2)" | "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" | "Bend and Break" | "Atlantic" | "Is It Any Wonder?" | "Crystal Ball" | "Nothing in My Way" | "A Bad Dream" | "Try Again" | "The Night Sky" | "Spiralling" | "The Lovers Are Losing" | "Perfect Symmetry" | "Better Than This" | "Stop for a Minute" | "Silenced by the Night" | "Disconnected" | "Sovereign Light Café"
DVDs: Hopes and Fears DVD | Strangers DVD | Under the Iron Sea DVD | Keane Live | Perfect Symmetry DVD
Other: List of songs by Keane