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By Andy Argyrakis
This Week's Picks: Keane goes full circle in the studio and returns to the road
Monday, June 18, 2012

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If it feels like Keane's career has come full circle on its fourth long player "Strangeland" (Cherrytree/Interscope), that's because the British rockers refused to put time constraints on the recording process. Just prior to the new project, primary songwriter/keyboard player Tim Rice-Oxley built his own studio precisely so the band wouldn't be rushed this time through or anytime in the future, which just so happens to be a parallel method (minus the self-owned set-up) when the band recorded its multi-platinum debut "Hopes and Fears" in 2004.

"With 'Hopes and Fears,' we had our whole life to write it based on our experiences up until that point," explains drummer Richard Hughes by phone from a tour stop in Copenhagen. "[With 'Strangeland'], Tim wanted as much time as he needed to write songs and he wrote 100 different ideas that wound up in about 50 songs. He sent them through to us and we narrowed them down to 20, and with the studio in his house, we didn't have any pressure. We worked from last January through September on the songs getting ready to actually record from September onward, and once we started recording, it was really fun and smooth sailing."

The top dozen tracks made their way onto the final project, which besides boasting elements from the band's swelling piano pop beginnings also includes plenty of introspective songwriting a la 2006's "Under the Iron Sea" and the danceable (but equally emotive) "Perfect Symmetry." "Our second record was pretty dark and was a reaction to the claustrophobia and the crazy life that came with success," continues Hughes. "[Our third record] carried through looking into the confusion we were living in, along with the multiple wars going around the world and wondering 'how did we get to that point globally?' With this record, we're turning back inward and it's probably our most personal record yet."

In support of the project, Keane's loading up its luggage for a world tour, including a summer run throughout America. Though the club and theatre-sized venues might not be as large as the arenas the group plays oversees, Stateside fans are still in for a generous spread between the band's entire career thus far. "Our new record is really fun to play and it's pretty accessible, even to the point where those who haven't heard it yet enjoy it the first time out," assures Hughes. "We're not going to do a Radiohead and refuse to play 'Creep.' We know people want to hear certain songs and it's been great [to have hits] because that's given us the chance to be in the States."

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This Week's Picks 2012

June 11 - 17
June 4 - 10
May 28 - June 3
May 21 - 27
May 14 - 20
May 7 - 13
May 1 - 6
April 23 - 30
April 16 - 22
April 6 - 15
April 2 - 8
Mar. 26 - April 1
Mar. 19 - 25
Mar. 12 - 18
Mar. 5 - 11
Feb. 27 - Mar. 4
Feb. 20 - 26
Feb. 13 - 19
Feb. 6 - 12
Jan. 30 - Feb. 5
Jan. 23 - 29
Jan. 16 - 22
Jan. 9 - 15
Jan. 2 - 8
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