“Bend and Break” is a song performed and composed by English rock band Keane, released as the fifth and final 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.
Composed by Tim Rice-Oxley in 2001, “Bend and Break” 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.