Frontman Chris Martin recently told BBC's Radio 1 that the platinum-selling collective's follow-up to the 2008 smash Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends is inspired by the band's brushes with personal vices and industry drama. The singer and pianist said the record's content touches on "love, addiction, OCD, escape and working for someone you don't like." Martin also described the project as a "thinly veiled account of what happens within the group."
However, Coldplay fans needn't fret that the upcoming untitled effort — which Martin denied is a concept album as he previously asserted — is an express ticket to Bummerville. The "Clocks" crooner maintained the album "also has a lot of uplifting stuff. It's supposed to be about life, the good stuff and the bad stuff. Everything."
The band's drummer Will Champion backed up Martin's description, aptly using a marital anecdote to explain the emotional complexity of the record.
"There's a phrase which my wife told me from a book, I can't remember which book, but a man is asked, 'Are you married?' And he says, 'Yes, of course I'm married. I have a wife, kids, the whole catastrophe,' " he said."Catastrophe just means something big and seismic but not necessarily bad. It's all about embracing the whole thing. Appreciating the good and bad and realising it's all part of life."
The group are once again teaming up with Markus Dravs and Roxy Music legend Brian Eno, who produced Viva, for the project. The album currently has no release date.
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