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.
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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