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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.'"

 

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According to the LA Times, actor Jorge Garcia, who played the character Hurley in popular TV series "Lost," came onstage to perform “Perfect Situation” with Weezer while they were playing a secret show on Tuesday night at the Dunes Inn Hotel in Hollywood as part of Axe's One Night Only music series.

Before the music started, Jorge Garcia, the face of Weezer's latest album cover, took the stage just before 9 pm and introduced the band as "my new best friends." The actor has featured in the world of Weezer since the group chose his picture to grace the cover of Hurley. Videos of Garcia's rendition of "Perfect Situation," from Weezer's 2007 Make Believe album, can be viewed on YouTube.

In August, Guardian.co.uk revealed that the album is not, in fact, named after the fictional character, but named after a multinational clothing brand.

According to Brian Bell, Weezer's guitarist, surfwear company Hurley International "was funding the record at the beginning of the process". "We actually did some sort of advertisement [deal]," he said in an interview at the Mile High festival. "I don't even know how they're tied in so much, although we got some clothes [from them] and we did a photoshoot where we're wearing these clothes, and I think we're selling these clothes in malls." Hurley International, which specialises in skate and surf gear, is owned by Nike.

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