Musicians have been known to sing about locales that don’t exist in real life, from the Eagles’ “Hotel California” to U2′s “Zoo Station,” and various stops in between, like Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue.” But Keane would like you to know that their “Sovereign Light Café” is not songwriters’ fiction, but a place you can definitely rock down to, if you so desire.
It is not somewhere only they know.
The very real Sovereign Light Café, which gives Keane’s latest Strangeland single both its setting and title, is located in Bexhill, a seaside resort in East Sussex, England. Principal songwriter Tim Rice-Oxley says the song defines the album, so it isn’t any wonder that the band decamped to Bexhill to film the music video.
Calling upon some of the town’s colorful residents to join in, the result is better than a printed brochure targeting tourists, I’d say.