A Keane Ear For Detail
Review and Photos By Dawn
It's Valentine's Day, but forget the clichéd romantic gestures
and shamelessly overpriced flowers, for Keane have
come to win our hearts with their pure charm, soaring piano melodies
and words a million times more poetic than anything Hallmark could
ever hope to offer.
The tiny upstairs room is full to capacity and,
thus, the East Sussex trio take to the stage to eager applause before
bursting into the anthemic Can't Stop Now, much to the
delight of the enthusiastic crowd. The eagle-eyed will have already
spotted fresh-faced frontman Tom Chaplin earlier
in the evening, a slightly shy-looking figure loitering at the side
of the room during the support acts.
Yet as the effervescent Richard Hughes
heralds his band's arrival with the unmistakeable drum introduction
to their first song, it's obvious that no such shyness exists onstage.
While Tom is dancing the night away from the moment the music starts
and Richard punctuates his energetic drumming with endearing smiles
at the crowd, pianist Tim Rice-Oxley is obviously
enjoying himself equally judging by his lively performance to the
right of stage.
Let's face it; having been blessed with such a beautiful
voice, Tom could sing nursery rhymes and still manage to move an
audience to tears. But combining that voice of an angel with such
lovingly handcrafted melodies and impassioned lyrics was a stroke
of genius on Keane's part, and as the threesome work their way through
such spellbinding epics as the gloriously soaring Bend and Break
and powerful new B-side Snowed Under, there can't have
been a single person in the 150-strong crowd who didn't leave the
gig longing for the release of their debut album.
For the time being, though, we're treated to a suitably
impressive rendition of latest single Somewhere Only We Know
where almost everyone in the room must surely have been singing
along, leaving the modest Battle trio looking delighted, if a little
surprised. And as Tom and Tim return for an encore of the exquisite
Allemande, to then be rejoined by Richard for an utterly
breathtaking This Is The Last Time and Bedshaped,
we realise just how fortunate we've been to witness tonight's magical
performance, particularly in such intimate surroundings. If Keane
persist in winning hearts at such a rapid rate, it won't be long
before the bigger venues beckon and such tiny gigs are nothing but
a memory. Here's hoping, because on tonight's evidence they truly
Many thanks to the lovely
Richard Hughes, to Stew and to Adam. Visit www.Keanemusic.com
for more info.
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