Picks and Pans Review: Sounds Off

updated 03/14/2005 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/14/2005 01:00AM

Keane

The Brit-pop trio is conquering the States with its debut disc, Hopes and Fears, featuring the hit "Somewhere Only We Know."

ON HOW THEY GOT THEIR NAME "There was a lady we knew when we were little who had this mysterious name, Cherry Keane. She was a friend of my mom's," says lead singer Tom Chaplin. "So that was the name of the band for a year or two, and eventually it just became Keane."

ON NOT HAVING A GUITARIST "We started off with a guitarist," explains Tim Rice-Oxley, who plays piano, keyboards and bass. "In 2001 he left. We had to find a way of making music, just the three of us. It took us a while, but eventually it felt like we were making the right sound."

ON THOSE COLDPLAY COMPARISONS "We're a bit tired of that," says Chaplin. "I think people see an English band, three young men who use a piano, and suddenly we're compared to Coldplay. It's really not very accurate."

ON IT THEY'RE HAVING BETTER LUCK WITH THE LADIES "One reason we got into being a band is to be cool," says Rice-Oxley. "It's ironic that by the time you get to deal with [success], you've got the maturity to view things with a slightly less promiscuous attitude."

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