We round off our Best of 2011 Q&As with Tim’s selections. See below for links to the others’.
1. Favourite album of 2011?
The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Loads of great songs, which is a rarity. No dead wood whatsoever. Very inspiring.
2. Favourite single?
Probably Video Games, like everyone else in the world! Just an amazing song, anchored in the deeply mundane but transporting and heavenly at the same time.
3. Best gig you saw?
Erasure at Brighton Dome. Possibly the most underrated band of all time, and it’s a crying shame they’re not a considered a national treasure in the UK. One massive singalong hit after another. Honourable mention to Arcade Fire in Hyde Park. What a great band.
4. Best moment in the studio?
We spent an entire day rehearsing hundreds of different versions of one particular song, but I can remember when we went back into the control room to listen to the final version it felt so energised and exciting it just blew everyone’s socks off. I reckon it will be the first song on the album…but probably too early to say for sure!
5. Best film you saw?
Blue Valentine was pretty amazing.
6. Best journey you made?
I’ve hardly been anywhere this year! One journey that sticks in my head was walking back from my local pub one very clear summer night through a huge rolling field and seeing a huge white moon hanging low over the hills and lighting up everything almost as if it was day time.
7. Best TV show you watched?
8. Best thing you heard on the radio?
The first time I heard ‘Baby Missiles’ by The War On Drugs I felt incredibly excited. Those moments can revitalise your love of music…and of life, in fact.
9. Best book you read?
The Grapes Of Wrath [by John Steinbeck]. A truly overwhelming book, and a magical tribute to human dignity.
10. Best thing you bought yourself?
A pair of 5-a-side football goals.
11. Best thing someone else bought for you?
My wife bought me a bag of Montezuma’s Milk Chocolate buttons for Christmas. I seriously love those things. I want to marry them.
12. Best website you visited or app/podcast you downloaded?
damnyouautocorrect.com. I’m a man of simple pleasures.
13. Best thing that happened in 2011 for Keane?
The salt beef sandwiches from the deli near RAK Studios.
14. Best thing that happened in 2011 for you?
Taking a few sacks of home-grown apples and pears to a local farm and coming home with gallons of fresh juice.
15. Finally, what are you looking forward to in 2012?