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Keane on new album: 'The Vaccines inspired us'

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Keane have revealed that they were inspired by The Vaccines for their latest album.

The band said that they are fans of The Vaccines' debut record and decided to work with its producer for their own upcoming LP Strangeland.

Keane In Concert at Merriweather Post in Columbia

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Tim Rice-Oxley told NME: "We loved what Dan Grech (producer) did on The Vaccines album. It had just come out.

"He'd also done stuff with Radiohead and produced the second Howling Bells album, which I loved. As luck would have it, Dan was a massive Keane fan, so we ended up working with him."

Speaking about the sound further, singer Tom Chaplin added: "The album has the vibe of earlier Keane. 2008's Perfect Symmetry was a bit self-indulgent and this record felt a bit more like we knew ourselves a bit better and what our strengths were."

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

"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!"

Keane will support Strangeland with a UK tour later this year, starting at Newcastle's O2 Academy on May 23.

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