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Who or what will have the biggest influence on Coldplay's fifth album?


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<img src=http://www.coldplaying.com/images/coldplay2008a.jpg ALIGN="Left" HSPACE="5" VSPACE="5" >In our new poll, we're asking you to decide who or what will have the biggest influence on Coldplay's <a href=http://wikicoldplay.com/index.php/LP5 target="_blank">fifth album</a>. You can vote for your choice at the <a href=http://www.coldplaying.com/index.php?name=Polls&pollID=111 target="_blank">poll here</a> and also above. Based on previous interviews with the band and news articles on LP5, the shortlist is below...

 

<b>Roadie #42 on the solar system:</b> Frontman Chris Martin stunned his crew this week by asking them to build him a model <a href=http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?p=4075664#post4075664 target="_blank">solar system</a> in the band's new studio. <i>"Here in the studio, it's difficult, if not impossible to anticipate what's coming next and what you'll be asked for... it shouldn't really come as any surprise then, that within an hour of my first day back after South America, Chris comes up to me with the following: "I've got a little project for you". "I'm not sure whether to be excited or terrified", I reply. "I'd like you to build a solar system..."</i>

 

[A source said: <i>"Chris likes to create a certain mood when he's in full creative flow. He had a real interest in 18th Century revolutionary politics when he was piecing together Viva La Vida. Now he's really got into the universe. The crew scratched their heads a little when he first came up with the request but they're cracking away now."</i>]

 

<b>Chris Martin on EMI:</b> <i>"What success lets you do is have complete freedom when we go back into the studio. We feel more excited about making music than ever because we know that if we do something good some people will enjoy it. It's a great thing to have a record contract, it's what every band dreams about. But ours does last until we die, basically. I wouldn't change it because we're having a great time. I would maybe change some of the figures! Artistically, they give us total freedom. We signed for a lot [of records], it won't be the last one. We're 'owned', we can't do anything without asking someone's permission."</i>

 

[<a href=http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=68016 target="_blank">Talking about</a> their EMI record contract, Chris Martin stressed the importance of having the support of the label.]

 

<b>Guy Berryman on Brian Eno:</b> <i>"Yes, he (Brian) is not so involved in production, but <a href=http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?p=4010458#post4010458 target="_blank">he's joining us</a> to test new songs, one or two times a week. It's great to have him around - he always brings new ideas and makes us think differently, escpecially with the rhythms that we use. The structures of the songs are very different and he is always willing to try something new. He gets bored very fast, so to keep his interest we have to keep moving with new ideas."</i>

 

<b>Roadie #42 on the Beehive:</b> <i>"Everywhere you go there's light streaming in. Even on a relatively gloomy British afternoon, it's noticeably bright inside. I can only imagine that this will be reflected in the new material. Talking of new material, the studio whiteboards are positively exploding with plans, schemes and fragments of fresh ideas. In some places, when Chris has run out of white-board to write on, he's carried right on to the adjacent plaster. It's like the tour was an 18 month session of shaking up the fizzy drink bottle of the band's imagination - and now they're <a href=http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?p=3705450#post3705450 target="_blank">back in the studio</a>, the lid has been unscrewed."</i>

 

[The Sun has focussed on Coldplay's new home, saying online about Viva: <i>"The last one was written and put down at their London studio The Bakery. Now they have moved up the road to a posh new purpose built facility."</i>]

 

<b>Guy Berryman on recording restrictions:</b> In an interview with Brazilian outlet Terra, on 28th February 2010, Guy said, <i>"We're working on a new album that is <a href=http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?p=4010458#post4010458 target="_blank">more acoustic</a>, organic, without wanting to sound small. We have some limitations in the manner of recording, the equipment we use - for now, we're only using acoustic instruments and very little amplification, which sounds good, but we don't know where it's going. But we have many songs written and we're very pleased with what we've done so far."</i>

 

<b>Chris Martin on the Joe Satriani affair:</b> <i>"That thing is painful for us, because it's just something that is not true and it's happened to us five times now on the same song - where someone says that 'you took their song' - five different people with the same song. And it also happens to be our most successful song... no-one ever says we stole our unsuccessful songs! But the good side of that was that after that whole embarassment we thought we'd better <a href=http://www.coldplaying.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=7068 target="_blank">write some even better songs</a>. So in two years time if anyone looks at that information and say, 'this band have got 57 great songs, and these people who say they wrote Coldplay songs haven't. So it becomes very inspiring."</i>

 

<b>On keeping it intimate with fans:</b> Sources close to the band say that Chris Martin's made a conscious decision to develop a more acoustic, "stripped down" sound on their next album, and move away from the grandiose and big budget sound that characterized 'Viva la Vida.' Speaking to the Herald Sun, an anonymous source said that Martin's <i>"determined not to be seen as a huge commercial rock juggernaut, filling stadiums and cashing in." In opting for a more acoustic, modest sound, then, the band hopes to keep themselves "as <a href=http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=65256 target="_blank">close to their fans</a> as possible."</i>

 

<b>On the Latin American influence:</b> <i>Coldplay revealed <a href=http://www.coldplaying.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=7021 target="_blank">Don Quixote</a>, a song that was debuted live at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires on 26th February 2010. Coldplay fans have embraced the song, hoping it would make it on to LP5, and according to Wikipedia, Don Quixote, fully titled The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha (Spanish: El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha), is a novel written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. Cervantes created a fictional origin for the story by creating a fictional Moorish chronicler for Don Quixote named Cide Hamete Benengeli. Don Quixote was introduced by Chris Martin as a song written especially for the Latin America tour 2010. On the C-stage in Buenos Aires, Chris Martin said, <i>"We had such a great time in Argentina, Mexico and Brazil (2007), it would be good for us (Coldplay) if we had a special song that celebrated how much we think of the Latin American audiences. We decided to write a song about the magic escape that the band receives when they come to Latin America".</i>

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I voted for the Intimacy with fans, Chris portrays himself as an old man of 33:rolleyes: and I feel like when the album is finished and they tour, it will be scaled down to more stage oriented performances, more of Chris at the piano and guitar, and due to him being soooo old, he will get rid of the umbrella and replace it with a walker to help him come down the runway to interact with the fans:D

Thanks Ian:)

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all of it

 

I voted for "solar system".

 

As an artist, I'm aware that everything from one's past, the totality of their experience, goes into every artistic creation. The artist may focus one one aspect of that experience, but it's all there, however subtly, in the final work.

 

Accordingly, the "solar system" (and I'm referring to the *actual* solar system and not the one that R#42 was asked to build) is the only "correct" answer because it encompasses all the rest!

 

Great thread topic, Ian!

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It took me a long time to decide because I think all these things will somehow contribute to the album but in the end I put Intimacy with the fans as I think this is very important.

Although I'm still very curious to see where this space theme is heading.

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I voted for the Intimacy with fans, Chris portrays himself as an old man of 33:rolleyes: and I feel like when the album is finished and they tour, it will be scaled down to more stage oriented performances, more of Chris at the piano and guitar, and due to him being soooo old, he will get rid of the umbrella and replace it with a walker to help him come down the runway to interact with the fans:D

Thanks Ian:)

 

Great! I agree :D

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I vote 'other' (even though that isn't an option :P) I think the greatest influence on LP5 will be Chris and his crazy "I'm too old to write songs after 33" theory.

 

I really hope the Christmas release stuff is just Chris getting over excited again, because I fear otherwise it's being rushed to be released before he "gets too old"

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I think from all that Chris and the boys have been saying, it'll be an intimacy (:wink3:) :laugh3: with their fans - I mean, all the stuff about how they really want to connect more with their die-hard fans this time instead of aiming for huge commercial success like they had with Viva... saying that though, although everyone (even people who only like Coldplay sometimes) loved Viva, I, considering myself a definite die-hard fan, really enjoyed it as well... That made no sense but oh well :P Can't wait for LP5... It better come round soon otherwise I'm going to die of impatience :lol:

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