Like all the greatest bands, Keys formed from a mutual sense of not fitting in. While others at school were swooning over this week's bland pop no-one, disappointing indie sensation or soundalike, careerist Kerrang! offering, William (keyboard/vox), Edward (bass), Ben (drums) and Jon (guitar) were obsessing over their latest second-hand record shop find: Talking Heads, Hot Chip, Neu!, LCD Soundsystem, Can, Happy Mondays, The Fall.
Operating a winning policy of securing gigs by keenly showing up a t every single gig within a 60-mile radius and talking the hind legs off promoters, Keys' nascent indie squall fast matured into something tight,focused and totally their own. Crowds began building to witness William's transformation from shy indie kid to idiosyncratic stadium showman in search of an idiosyncratic stadium, Ben's infectious rhythms,Jon's sparse-but-vital guitars, and Edward's ability to lay down ultra-danceable bass grooves whilst dressed as a walking chandelier.
Recorded by Cambridge DIY supremo Richard Rose (of R*E*P*E*A*T Records fame), the 'Innocuous Beats' EP was eagerly picked up for release by Bury St Edmunds-based Sturm Und Drang Recordings before the band had even left the studio. World domination surely awaits.
Saturday 13th April - The Lounge, Bury St Edmunds
Saturday 4th May - Bury Fringe Festival @ The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds (Main Stage, 5pm)
The acclaimed performer had just cancelled touring due to a battle with cancer.
Many ticket-holders couldn't get into the O2 Arena show on Tuesday night (September 19th) because they didn't bring photo ID to match their booking.