Keane, O2 Academy Brixton, London

3.00

 

For a band that mostly makes songs about how hard it can be to get out of bed in the morning, Keane have achieved incredible longevity.

The  East Sussex band first formed 15 years ago, when they were mocked by critics for being too far on the pop side of the indie spectrum, but they’ve sold over 10 million albums worldwide, and they’ve just released their fourth album, which returns to that early, inoffensive, piano-rock sound, so their formula must be working.

Tonight, the fans get wildly excited by those early hits, "Everybody’s Changing" and "Somewhere Only we Know", both from Keane’s debut album Hopes and Fears, and "Is it any Wonder" from their second album Under the Iron Sea.  It's the tunes that tap into memories of university antics and teenage folly that strike a chord. The crowd gets a bit bored and makes small talk during the band's more experimental departures, such as Spiralling and Perfect Symmetry, where the 80s synth-pop sound is met with nothing more excitable than polite applause.

Lead singer Tom Chaplin is oblivious to any drop in enthusiasm from his fans, though, as he stands on a soapbox, legs apart, nodding smugly, acknowledging an adoration that isn’t always there. He doesn’t seem to notice whether the fans are chatting to their mates or cheering him on, as he shouts: "It’s absolutely lovely to be here tonight".

Tunes from the new album, Strangeland, that hark back to Keane’s early piano-led pop music, lift the mood. "On the Road" is a simple, happy song about letting friends help you on life’s journey, while mellow keyboard-led melodies on “Disconnected” tell a tale of a gulf appearing in a relationship.

As the night rolls on, themes of young love, sun-dappled days and the confusion and possibilities of youth are played out over and over as one track leaks into the next. Fuelled by beer and nostalgia, the crowd leave happy despite a lack-lustre finale. It may not be the most exciting band around, but Keane is still pulling in big crowds, and reminding them of their teenaged selves. Possibly the most moving moment of the night took place during the opening number, You Are Young from the new album, where the band and audience were chanting "you are young" and pumping their fists in the air, united in trying to halt the passage of time.

This article features Listen with Spotify

Setlist

You Are Young

Day Will Come

Everybody's Changing

Leaving So Soon?

The Starting Line

Spiralling

Neon River

Bend and Break

A Bad Dream

Perfect Symmetry

Strangeland

On The Road

We Might As Well Be Strangers

Disconnected

This Is The Last Time

Somewhere Only We Know

Is It Any Wonder?

Bedshaped

Sovereign Light Café

Encore:

Sea Fog

Silenced By The Night

Crystal Ball

Arts and Entertainment

Will Poulter will play the shape-shifting monsterfilm
Arts and Entertainment

books
Arts and Entertainment
Paul Hollywood

'Whether he left is almost immaterial'TV
Arts and Entertainment

game of thrones reviewWarning: spoilers

Arts and Entertainment
The original Star Wars trio of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill

George Osborne confirms Star Wars 8 will film at Pinewood Studios in time for 4 May

film

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

    Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

    Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

    Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
    China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

    China's influence on fashion

    At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
    Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

    The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

    Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
    Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

    Rainbow shades

    It's all bright on the night
    'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

    Bread from heaven

    Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
    Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

    How 'the Axe' helped Labour

    UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
    Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

    The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

    A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
    Welcome to the world of Megagames

    Welcome to the world of Megagames

    300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
    'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

    Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

    Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

    The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
    Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

    Vince Cable exclusive interview

    Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
    Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

    Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

    Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
    Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

    It's time for my close-up

    Meet the man who films great whites for a living
    Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

    Homeless people keep mobile phones

    A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before