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Interview: Richard Hughes on Keane's New 'Night Train' EP

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Keane is Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin and Richard Hughes
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Keane's latest EP, Night Train, is essentially a microcosm of their touring schedule these last few years. The UK band recorded and mixed the album's eight tracks on planes, on trains and in seven different recording studios around the world—from Berlin to Brisbane.

The fact that this wasn't a full-length record gave Keane (Tom Chaplin on lead vocals, Tim Rice-Oxley on keyboards and Richard Hughes on drums) a chance to experiment. Although they've already sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, Keane has a knack for bucking complacency in the pursuit of pushing their own creative boundaries. The EP even includes two guest vocalists—Somali/Canadian rapper K'Naan and Japanese baile funk MC Tigarah.

Last week, LAist caught up with Richard Hughes to learn more about Night Train, his tour photography, his work with Amnesty International, and the band's gig tonight at the Greek Theatre.

LAist: "House Lights" really creates the mood for the album. Did you have fun experimenting percussion-wise for that song?

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Richard Hughes: Well, the reason we call it "House Lights" is because it's the music that's played as we come on stage. We used it during the Perfect Symmetry tour and it's basically comprised of random samples and the kind of debris that's left at the end of making an album.

For instance, we found this enormous drum—a proper sort of marching drum—in a studio in Paris. We sampled it, and that's the massive kick drum sound on the track. So Tim essentially built that song out of bits and pieces he found lying around his computer.