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Monday, 13 December 2010 15:09

Coldplay's Concept Album Follows Death And All His FriendsAfter ten years and four albums, Coldplay has confirmed it is finally on the verge of releasing its first "concept" album. Whereas Viva La Vida explored the grander sweeping themes of love and war, frontman Chris Martin said the new album will be more intimate by comparison.

"It's from the point of view of two people who are a bit lost," Martin said. "Two like-minded outsiders who meet in a very difficult environment and therefore have a journey together."

Chris Martin and gutarist Jonny Buckland spoke to BBC News on Sunday.

"It's a concept album but it's supposed to be very personal within a big framework," Martin added. "Does that make sense?"

The record which is still untitled is being produced by Brian Eno and Marcus Dravs, who made the band's last album Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. Much of Viva La Vida's musical experimentation is attributed to producer Brian Eno, who began his career with Roxy Music and has produced artists including David Bowie and David Byrne of Talking Head.

"Brian is the sower of seeds and ideas and experimenting, which is very liberating. Then Marcus's job is to come in after all that's been done and try and sculpt it into some kind of releasable format."

"They're like a tag team," Martin commented.

"We spent a year making a lot of noise. You know those things in a fairground where you have bran in a tub and in there are some hidden prizes? That's sort of where we are at," he continued.

"Like a lucky dip?," Buckland clarified.

"Yeah, a lucky dip," Martin affirmed.

"Jonny's delightful, he's the easiest to convince," he explained. "It's when you have to take a verse to Guy or Will that things become very tearful."

Bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion form the successful quartet together with Martin and Buckland.

"I think Guy isn't too savage with your lyrics, it's Will really," Buckland added. "He's savage."

"I'm so lucky that we have that group, in as much as there are a lot of people who don't like us in the world, but there would be a lot more without this filtering system," Martin commented.

"Think of the rubbish that doesn't get out, if you don't like the stuff that does."

Coldplay has just released a festive single called "Christmas Lights."

Later this month, Coldplay are scheduled to play two sold-out concerts for UK homeless charity Crisis, a cause for which the band has been a long-time supporter.

"I think it will be good for us to get our gig feet on for a couple of days because sometimes you can get very institutionalised in the studio," Martin said.

"There's a danger that you forget that you're going to have to play this for people and that's when music can become a little bit silly."

"You can forget that there are other people in the world," Buckland agreed. "You can become so focused on the small group that's around you."

"It's very much like I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here in our studio," Martin added. "A lot of difficult tasks and people that you find it hard to get along with, i.e. me."

The band has not set a definite date for release of the new album. Martin and Buckland confirmed that it will be "some time in the future."

"Preferably not the same week Take That are doing anything," Martin joked, referring to a certain popular UK boy band.

"Nowadays, if Gary [Barlow] says he might be possibly playing piano on a certain day, we just say, 'Ok we'll go and work in Germany that day, there's no point in us being here.'"

 

Newsflash Archive

The Smiths' Morrissey has added his support to former band member Johnny Marr against British Prime Minister David Cameron, whilst clarifying the reason for the recent outburst by Marr through Twitter.

In a message he posted on Morrissey zine True To You on Saturday, Morrissey criticized Cameron, saying he "hunts and shoots and kills stags," adding, "apparently for pleasure."

"I would like to, if I may, offer support to Johnny Marr," Morrissey wrote. "To those who have expressed concern over Johnny's words in view of the fact that David Cameron has pledged immense allegiance to the music of the Smiths, I would like to try to explain why I think Johnny is right not to be flattered."

Morrissey conceded that, "It is true that music is a universal language – the ONLY universal language, and belongs to all, one way or another."

He continued, "[Nevertheless] It was not for such people that either 'Meat is Murder' or 'The Queen is Dead' were recorded; in fact, they were made as a reaction against such violence."

He further explained that David Cameron "wanted to repeal the Hunting Act, which would mean the brutal killing of foxes, hares, deer, badgers, otters – just about anything that moves."

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