All the members studied at Tonbridge School in Kent. They started out in college in 1997 as a covers band, playing songs by U2, Oasis, and The Beatles but soon wanted to perform their own material, and released two short-run EPs. Simon Williams of Fierce Panda records was asked by a mutual friend to attend a Keane gig at the Betsey Trotwood in London and was so impressed that he offered to issue the band's next single. After another single on Fierce Panda, they signed to Island and released the single 'Somewhere Only We Know', which reached number 3 in the UK in February 2004. Their album Hopes and Fears followed in May. It reached #1 and was the second biggest selling album of the year in the UK, after the Scissor Sisters.
Somewhere Only We Know "By Keane. For voice, piano and guitar (chords only). Piano Vocal. Britpop and Alternative Rock. Difficulty: medium. Single. Vocal melody, lyrics, piano accompaniment, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard"
Hopes and Fears "By Keane. For voice, piano and guitar (chords only). Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Britpop and Alternative Rock. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 63 pages. Published by
Figured Bass for Beginners "(A Self-paced Primer in Playing from a Figured Bass). By Helen Keaney. For harpsichord, organ or piano. General. Instructional. Instructional book. 69 pages. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing"
Somewhere Only We Know "By Keane and Glee Cast. By Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes, and Tim Rice-Oxley. Arranged by Ed Lojeski, Adam Anders, and Peer Astrom. SAB. Concert; Film/TV; Love; Pop; Rock. Choral. 11 pages. Duration 3:06. Published by Hal Leonard - Digital Sheet Music"