5 oracle items tagged as keane
October 7, 2014 / submitted by Peter, United Kingdom
Q.  Hello Oracle,

Is the lyric "Living in Perfect Symmetry" from Low a nod to the Keane album?

Thanks, Peter.

No. That would be impossible unless Coldplay had a crystal ball*. Perfect Symmetry by Keane came out THREE years after X&Y.
It's not a unique phrase.

*Crystal Ball was 1 year later than X&Y but couldn't resist.

September 11, 2014 / submitted by Hans, Germany
Q.  Is there a friendship between the Coldplay boys and the band members from Keane?
I read that Chris was a roomate of a Keane member in the college.

There have been quite a few questions already answered about the band's relationship with Keane. If you type Keane into the search field, it's probably easier if you read through the results.

August 17, 2011 / submitted by Bianca, Peru
Q.  Dear Oracle, is it true that the first name of the band was KEANE, and then Chris gave this name to Tom Chaplin?

You're getting your Toms and Tims muddled up. Keane were known as Cherry Keane before they dropped the Cherry. Coldplay used to be called Starfish before they took the name The Coldplay before they dropped the The.
To find out more about Tim, not Tom, read my previous answer to this question.

November 12, 2009 / submitted by Jesse, Australia
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I was just reading the Hopes and Fears deluxe edition booklet, and it says, "The same label had helped Coldplay by releasing their Brothers & Sisters single in 1999 (which meant Rice-Oxley was following in the footsteps of former University friend Chris Martin)."

Does that mean that Chris and Tim aren't friends anymore?

The 'former' is referring to the University not to be being friends. They do still bump into each other from time to time but aren't actually close friends as both are so busy with their bands. It's very hard to keep in touch with people when you're in a band; writing, recording and touring. Chris once phoned Danny MacNamara (Embrace) to ask if they were still friends as it had been so long since he'd had the chance to get in touch. (He said yes by the way).
For anyone interested the label that released both Coldplay's and Keane's first outing was Fierce Panda.

May 25, 2009 / submitted by Andrea, Colombia
Q.  Hi Oracle.
Do you think Keane is a copy of Coldplay? I like both bands but I think Keane sometimes copies some of Coldplay's lyrics or rhythms or lines.

Not at all, they’re just a similar genre of music. Keane have been around the same length of time and in fact, Coldplay once supported Keane in London.