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- Posted on May 12th 2009 11:00AM by Nick Zaino
Chaplin said he had a meltdown in 2006, which landed him in rehab for alcohol and drug abuse, and the band had to get past the pressure of its success or break up. They chose the former, and never looked back. "In the last few years we've had this really fun-loving approach to being on the road and being with each other," Chaplin tells Spinner. "The shows have this mad energy to them, which I think impacted on the way we made 'Perfect Symmetry.' And it fired us up to get out there and play to as many people as we can."
The band enjoyed hanging out in 24-hour bars in Berlin after recording and Chaplin got to dig his toes into the sand in Rio, a place of "endless beaches and beautiful scenery" where he says he could see himself living someday. Next up, they'll hit the States starting May 8 in San Francisco, where their fans will get to see their new approach to playing live.
In this Spinner exclusive video for 'You Haven't Told Me Anything,' Keane strips down a bit, a contrast to some of the more obvious electronica touches on the album. "That song in particular is quite a kind of stripped-back song," says Chaplin, "and actually, weirdly enough, when we play it live, it's kind of become a different beat now. It's become much more of a rocking song live, and we're kind of considering revisiting it."
Next up, look for a release with Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist K'Naan, with whom the band recently recorded three songs. "Again that kind of just stems back to, 'Why the hell not?'" says Chaplin.
The band had three days to record with K'Naan, whose music Chaplin describes as "a bit like Eminem's but with a heart," and a couple of songs were more appropriate for the collaboration than for Keane alone. "The stuff that he did on it was truly inspirational," he says. "He's a brilliant guy to work with. We'll just wait and see. I think they'll be something for people to enjoy in the fairly near future."