The british band Keane formed in 1993, but it wasn't until 2004, with the release of their debut album, Hopes and Fears, that the guys gained mainstream success. Actually, "mainstream success" might be putting it a little too mildly. Hopes and Fears was the second best-selling British album of the year and won the BRIT award for best album. Their second album, Under the Iron Sea, was an even bigger hit reaching number four on the Billboard 200 chart.
Keane's most recent release, the Night Train EP, gave the band its fourth number one on the U.K. album charts and when they rolled into town last month to play a free show in Brooklyn, we caught up with lead singer and guitarist Tom Chaplin to chat about pop music, life on the road, and how he feels about people terming his band a guilty pleasure: