Bend and Break

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"Bend and Break"
Single by Keane
from the album Hopes and Fears
Released 25 July 2005
Format CD Single
Recorded 2003 Heliocentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:39
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Tim Rice-Oxley
Tom Chaplin
Richard Hughes
Producer(s) Andy Green
Keane singles chronology
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
"Bend and Break"
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
"Bend and Break"
Hopes and Fears track listing
"Somewhere Only We Know"
"Bend and Break"
"We Might As Well Be Strangers"

"Bend and Break" is a song performed and composed by English rock band Keane, released as the fifth and last single from their debut album Hopes and Fears. This single was released only in some European countries (not in the United Kingdom) such as Germany and Austria, similarly to their 2007 single "Try Again". However "Bend and Break" was still heard on some American radio stations. The single features "Bend and Break", "On a Day Like Today" and a live version of "Allemande", as well as the "Bend and Break" live videoclip. "Bend and Break" is drummer Richard Hughes' favourite Keane song. This was also the last single that used the typeface "Cochin", the one used in the Hopes and Fears era.

British trance artist Chicane, used a sample of this song in his 2006 release "Wake Up".

The Norwegian band Apoptygma Berzerk recorded a cover for their Sonic Diary covers compilation album.


Composed by Tim Rice-Oxley in 2001, it was first played at the pubs that hosted the band's early performances. First demos were almost the same as the album version, but with an extra vocal on the song's bridge, similar to the one on the final chorus of "Somewhere Only We Know". It was recorded like most Keane songs at the Heliocentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bend and Break"
  2. "On a Day Like Today"
  3. "Allemande (Live)"
  4. "Bend and Break" (live video)

Basto Re-mix (26 August 2013)

  1. "Bend and Break" (Basto Re-Mix)[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Peak positions
Chart Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[2] 95
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[3] 27

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