Keane cites bands like Depeche Mode, The Beatles, The Smiths and U2 as direct influences on their sound - they started off playing mostly covers of U2 and Oasis songs. In their early years, Keane was often compared to Coldplay.
Tim Rice-Oxley co-wrote the song "Early Winter" with Gwen Stefani for her 2006 album The Sweet Escape.
The name comes from a woman named Cherry Keane who used to babysit the guys in the band when they were kids.
Tim Rice-Oxley studied classics with Coldplay's Chris Martin at university and Martin invited Rice-Oxley to join an early version of his band in 1997. Rice-Oxley declined, and instead formed his early version of Keane dubbed The Lotus Eaters.
Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin perform as the duo Mt. Desolation. The side project has tinges of Country, but both members site Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen as influences.
In 2006, Keane became the first band to offer their fans a single on a USB stick when they sold digital copies of their release "Nothing In My Way" on the device.
When vocalist Tom Chaplin went into rehab in 2006, a story spread that the noticeably middle-class singer was being treated for an addiction to port. In fact, it was a cocaine habit. The port story was spread by the mischievous band Kasabian.
Tom Chaplin's father, David Chaplin OBE, was headmaster of Vinehall School in Robertsbridge, Sussex, which the three members of Keane all attended.