Three years on from the stadium-conquering X&Y, Coldplay are once again braving the critics and public.
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, which is released in mid June, is the band’s fourth release, sonically guided by the production genius Brian Eno.
Here the band talk you through the album, track by track:
:: Violet Hill
The first single and the song least like everything else: thumping Beatles-meets-
’70s glam-rock featuring Jonny Buckland on “guitar synth”.
Will Champion: “We really tried to make it sound like this great big machine that was slightly knackered. Something that’s slow and grinding. I’m sure people won’t get that! A psychedelic title? Violet Hill is a road in St John’s Wood (North-west London).”
:: Strawberry Swing
Twinkling Afrobeat, Eastern guitars and a phenomenally chunky bassline that appears to turn into a didgeridoo. Astonishingly, this works.
Will: “A lovely, joyous song. Guy and I have managed to get more groove into this record than we’ve ever managed before. A bit more swagger.”
This feature - and a full interview with Coldplay - will be in the July issue of Q, on sale June 1.
6:23 PM | 15/05/2008
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