April 30, 2007
The Return of Tommy Chaplin
That's a baby fresh, healthy looking Tom Chaplin doing a radio broadcast with Keane in Chile on April 15. Three years ago at this time, his creamy voice was all I could listen to: Your Eyes Only was my favorite song of 2004.
You may (or may not) know I didn't feel Under The Iron Sea lived up to the promise. If you've ever seen the Keane documentary, Tim Rice-Oxley was a kind of sullen... twat!... in some of the scenes. Now that we know Tom was a coking it up, Tim's moodiness is more understandable, along with the lyrics on the second album.
There've been signs that the band is pulling it back together and Tom's appearance above is yet another clue. I hope they won't take years to record a new album and I hope that music will not shy away from the sublime silvery-ness of their debut. I don't need to them to be U2, I need them to be Keane.
Below is a pretty live track from last week's Santiago broadcast - a song we know well that seems to have become more delicate with time...
Keane Everybody's Changing (acoustic '07) expired
Clark Kent aka Tim R-O isn't looking too shabby.
Tommy celebrates his 15th birthday in the studio.