Hello! This week, Keane’s second album, Under The Iron Sea, celebrates its tenth birthday. We’d love you to share your memories of the album on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #UTIS10. We’ll share your thoughts over on the official site and our favourite two will win a signed copy of the album!
We asked Tim for his memories of the album - which you can read below:
A lot of Under The Iron Sea was written in the back of a tour bus while we were touring Hopes and Fears. It was a struggle writing it, and even more of a struggle recording it! The main thing I notice when I listen to it now is how intense it is - both emotionally and sonically. It’s like a gigantic churning mass of thoughts and feelings and themes. I think that’s why the image of the dark sea above us seemed to sum it all up so well.
All of us in the band name this as our favourite Keane album. We’re extremely proud of it. It has a tension and energy that was entirely instinctive, born of troubles in our own lives and troubles in the wider world. Love, war, anger, fear, fame, a yearning for reconciliation, confusion… it’s all in there!
Andy Green did an incredible job of producing the album, bringing the very best out of a fractious band and pulling our disparate ideas together into a story that made perfect sense of the way we were feeling about ourselves and about the world around us. Sanna Annukka created the iconic and much-imitated artwork that reflected the stories within the songs with mystery and humour. And Spike Stent’s mixing performed an amazing feat in making the many layers of shifting sound work together, giving every texture its moment and creating a soundscape that was dark and magical.
I have many precious memories associated with making UTIS. The drums on Atlantic…hearing Is It Any Wonder? after a break of a couple of weeks, with a distorted piano riff I couldn’t even remember playing… staying in New York, recording by day and supporting U2 at Madison Square Garden by night… finishing the lyrics of The Frog Prince somewhere in rural France… dinnertime at Heliocentric listening to Eels and Kate Bush. And of course the album led us to more amazing adventure once it was released.
In other Keane-related news, Tom has recently finished his first solo album, which will be coming soon. Check out his Blog, Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news on that. .
Meanwhile, Tim and Jesse’s Mt Desolation project is back, and in the studio working on a second album. Head over to their Facebook page for updates.
Mr. R-O, a one liner will do
Salut les Amis ** je suis très heueuse de pouvoir à nouveau échanger des commentaires avec vous sur votre site ;;il ya dix ans je ne vous suivez pas hèlas pour moi..... voilà sept ans que j ai la KEANEMANIA**under the sea excellent album a chaque chanson on voyage dans un univers different que ce soit Cristal Ball;;Prince Frog ou bien Nothing in my way..... Lémotion est là et ça j'adoreeeeee Gros Bisous à tous de France
Playing Along With Your Keane Dream I dreamt last night that EC was playing everywhere, on radio, TV, peoples phones. It was everywhere. How it should be really.
I forget what I wanted to say now, as it has taken several days and dozens of attempts to log in. I'm only posting out of sheer bloodymindedness. Anyway. I like the blue.
Faster stuff pasted at http://paste.ubuntu.com/17490815/. Hello real people. I don't like the contest much. Why not something more interesting?
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beauty in the face that i never seeoh crystal ball... crystal ballsave us alltell me my face is beautifulmirror... mirror on the wallnothing matters anymorei'm still a victim of Your Lovenowhere to run to with Your Loveover and over with Your Lovethe NEON on the RIVER will light my wayeverything that we've been dreaming of we'll make it real one day♥♥♥♥ΚΞΛΝΞ*~♥♥~ * *~♥♥~**~♥♥~ * *~♥♥~ * *~~ * *~♥♥~ **~♥♥~ * *~♥♥~ **~♥♥~ **~♥♥~ * *~♥♥~ * *~♥♥~ * *~♥♥~ **~♥♥~ * *~♥♥~ * *~~ * *~♥♥ ~ **~ ♥♥ ~ * *~ ♥♥ ~ * *~♥♥ ~ **~ ♥♥ ~ * *~ ♥♥ ~ *• *¨ * •❤❤ •* ¨ * • *~ ♥♥ ~ * *~ ♥♥ ~ **~ ♥♥ ~ * *~ ♥♥ ~ * *~~ * *~ ♥♥ ~ **~ ♥♥ ~ * *~ ♥♥ ~ * *~ ♥♥ ~ **~ ♥♥ ~ * *~ ♥♥ ~ *• *¨ * •❤❤ •* ¨ * •• *¨ * •❤❤ •* ¨ * •
HI Dawn QUOTE" I'd say hello, but I'm a bit blinded by the colours here. It's like being inside Son2's wardrobe. " I laughed at this one. .Well at least it isn't Mr D Wardrobe that is full of such bright colours
I hope the forum will reopen, but at the same time I want a different one from a secure system. I'd hate to see how passwords are stored, and managed.
Love Keane so much, Good night, PS Mr KM, when will the forum's reopen?
Also, apparently in Brazil from April 16 till current, Lilly Allen'sversion of SOWK has been in an ad campaign. As a result, her version went to No.1 there, and the original & best version went Top 40 as well. When I saw this, it mage me happy.
Hi Dawn, Melanie, Son 2 & Helen, Love the UTIS makover of the site. Keep up the good work Mr KM. Ta, JDP
I'd say hello, but I'm a bit blinded by the colours here. It's like being inside Son2's wardrobe.
Son2, it looks like someone was listening to you. And JDP, you're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed the videos. His cover of 'One' was really nice, too.
Tom's extraordinary voice and Tim's lyrics make of UTIS one of the greatest albums of all time, thank you guys :)
I'm very happy... hello guys!!!!
Normally I really like the discipline of Twitter, condensing myself to express unimportant things inside 140 characters. Ten years of UTIS memories? I could write a book.
So wonderful to see this post and Tim's so emotional thoughts about UTIS. Such overwhelming record!Deep, dark, so bravely intense. But also 'bursting' with love...and hope too. It's a truly 'awakening' album for me. And of course, lyrically, musically, vocally...uniquely outstanding. Thank you forever, Keane!XXXX
Also, Melanie D if you see this, thanks for the comment about Tom on You Tube. I really enjoyed those songs he recorded live in May JDP
Hi Dawn, Hi Melanie, Hi Son2 and any other old boardies out there. Awesome to see this post. Please keep it up Mr KM. And when will the forums reopen? Love UTIS, it is special for me as first Keane song I ever heard was IIAW. Love Dad Dream and Crystal Ball too. Chers, JDP
I love UTIS, I love you guys!!!! Please come back!!!!!!! Greatings from Argentina
I love very very.
After Tim's words, can't describe better my feelings for UTIS. My favourite too.
Nice to see further signs of life at km, especially from Mr Rice-Oxley.