What better way to celebrate your new single being in shops than with a live show? No better way I can think of, and evidently Keane felt the same. Their last indie single, ìThis Is The Last Time,î on the world-renowned Fierce Panda hit shops on Monday morning and on Monday evening the band was playing before a packed house at Londonís Institute of Contemporary Art. The trio was in fine form, with frontman Tom Chaplinís vocals as pitch perfect as ever and the entire band benefiting from a better sound system than I had heard them projected through for a few shows. Piano notes tinkled, drums were far more powerful than in the past and passion and verve were overtly evident. This was a band at the top of their game and enjoying their moment.
The setlist was primarily unchanged, with the resplendent ìSomewhere Only We Knowî kicking off the festivities. Debut single ìEverybodyís Changingî is all its pop glory found itself showing up earlier in the set than usual, as the band played it third. They even debuted a new tracj, ìSunshine,î which showed the three-piece expanding their songwriting repertoire. They launched into their last song, the new single, and hopped off stage to uproarious cheers. Could that really be it? No ìBedshaped?î Iíd never seen them not end with that song, but Iíd never seen them do an encore before, either. Until last night. They sauntered back onstage not a minute later to play a ìsong that is very important to us,î the aforementioned ìBedshaped,î which is their finest moment to date. Soaring, emotion-packed vocals are the centerpiece and as was the case all evening, the song was perfect. An amazing show and the last time Iíll see them in a venue this small, since theyíve inked to Interscope in the US and Island in the UK. Even members of Coldplay knew they had to see them at a special locale like the ICA, as Will Champion and Guy Berryman were in the house enjoying the festivities. Muchas gracias to Keane manager Adam Tudhope for hooking me up.