Hailing from East Sussex in England, Keane was founded in 1997. The band was started by Tim Rice-Oxley and Damien Scott after they met at school and bonded over their love for music. A few years later, both of them started a band named The Lotus Eaters. Rice-Oxley and Scott then recruited two more members to the band and started performing cover versions of songs by their favorite artists. After a little while, the band changed its name once again to Cherry Keane, later shortening it to just Keane. After all of its members had graduated from university, the band started playing shows in pubs all over London.