In front of a near-capacity crowd at The Pabst Theater on Saturday night, British band Keane delivered an impressive performance that spanned its whole catalog.
Touring in support of its new album, "Strangeland," released last month, the band found the perfect balance between incorporating new material while playing the established hits from its previous three albums.
When lead singer Tom Chaplin asked The Pabst crowd if it liked the new album, he received a large cheer. Smiling, Chaplin said that he felt safe asking such a question in a room full of Keane fans. When one fan toward the front of the stage screamed out a request at Chaplin, he coolly replied, "You'll get it eventually, don't worry."
The four-piece band is a bit different from its contemporaries in that the songs are piano- and/or synthesizer-driven. This has also led to some criticism that Keane's songs all sound alike, but while a few blend together, the overall set had a great flow that was very pleasing.
Vocally and musically, the band sounded exceptionally crisp and this definitely was the type of show that could easily have been recorded for a concert CD or DVD. Dynamic lighting, including a few blasts of intense strobe lights, added to the drama of the performance.
The biggest highlight from the set was the audience sing-along to "This Is The Last Time" from Keane's first album, "Hopes and Fears." "Everybody's Changing," "Is It Any Wonder," "Bend And Break" and "Somewhere Only We Know" were among the songs that drew some of the biggest reactions from the crowd.
The first level of The Pabst all stood, while the balcony and mezzanine areas remained seated throughout the general admission show. That didn't mean that the upper levels lacked die-hard fans, as it included a group that raised the U.K.'s Union Jack flag after almost every song.
The signature move of the night came when Chaplin approached the edge of the stage and punctuated the chorus of a faster-paced song by throwing his …Read more...