1. Favourite album of 2013?
Kanye West – Yeezus. This album completely blew my mind when I first heard it. Kanye just gets more and more inventive, exciting, funny, and inspiring.
2. Favourite single?
Lots to choose from but let’s say Tennis Court by Lorde…if that was even a single?!
3. Best gig you saw?
Bruce Springsteen at Leeds First Direct Arena. The E Street Band are truly incredible live. I feel utterly humbled whenever time I see them play.
4. Best gig you played?
There have been a lot of special ones this year. I particularly enjoyed the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio.
5. Best film you saw?
In terms of new releases…I enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook very much.
6. Best trip you made?
Learning to ski in Méribel was pretty special. Skiing is something I’ve always wanted to try but it has always seen like a whole culture that I didn’t know where to begin with. I managed to have a quick lesson when we were in Lake Tahoe in January, and that was enough to make me want to try a bit harder with it. It has been incredibly satisfying to get into something new.
8. Best book you read?
Morrissey’s Autobiography is brilliant. People have tended to be a bit snooty about it, but I think it reads very differently when you’re inside the music industry. What struck me the most is how incredibly passionate he is, and also how much sympathy he has for people in general. His flair for melodramatic despair is also (deliberately) hilarious.
9. Best meal you ate?
La Brigada, Buenos Aires. A great night out with the band and crew, eating weird bits of fried offal and drinking beer.
10. Best thing you bought yourself?
I’m very excited about having finally bought a nice record player to play all my vinyl on.
11. Best thing someone else bought for you?
Private Eye (a British satirical magazine) ran a cover which was a pastiche of the John Lewis Christmas ad, which of course features our song. My Mum called up their offices and persuaded them to dig out a promotional poster of the picture, which she then had framed and gave to me for Christmas.
12. Best website you visited or app/podcast you downloaded?
Flight Radar. I can’t work out why this gives me so much pleasure, but it does. I suppose it’s the feeling of possibility and adventure that comes from seeing all the planes in the air and where they’re going.
13. Best thing that happened in 2013 for Keane?
Hmmm…lots of good things. Some great tours. I would say that actually the Lily Allen cover has given Somewhere Only We Know a new lease of life, and it has made us feel like it might even be a ‘classic’ song still worthy of people’s attention ten years after we wrote it.
14. Best thing that happened in 2013 for you?
Building a Lego Millennium Falcon with my daughter.
15. Finally, what are you looking forward to in 2014?
Writing some songs and doing some travelling.