«The band’s remarkable longevity is also inextricably bound up with the intense, sometimes problematic, relationship between its two core members: Tom, the singer who doesn’t write lyrics; and Tim, the songwriter who hardly ever sings.
‘Tim and I are very English,’ Chaplin says. ‘We love each other dearly, but we’re hopeless at telling each other what we think. We can convey some pretty intense emotions in our songs. Offstage, it’s the opposite.’
Things hit rock bottom in 2006, when Chaplin spent five weeks being treated for cocaine and alcohol addiction in The Priory, and Keane came close to splitting.
‘By the end of our first world tour, we were at breaking point,’ Tom admits. ‘I dealt with that by going off the rails in spectacular style. I didn’t want anything to do with the band for a while. Tim dealt with things by articulating our problems in songs.’
Ultimately, Keane survived on the strength of their lifelong friendships.
‘Plenty of water has run under the bridge,’ Tom says, ‘but we’ve come through intact.’» [#]