The release date for Coldplay's third album may be pushed back to June, due to internal concerns about hitting the road after a year and a half's absence.
Drummer Will Champion explained in the Coldplay official newsletter that the decision to delay the album "because the prospect of touring again was so daunting that we felt we should take our time, and also we wanted to make sure that it (the album) was the best it could possibly be."
By taking time to follow-up 2002's Grammy-winning smash A Rush of Blood To The Head, Coldplay gave themselves no deadline, which Champion says, "became a problem because we never really felt the need to finish anything. As soon as we gave ourselves a proper deadline we started to be much more productive and the stuff we were doing was miles better. It's always the same with us, the best stuff comes when we start to panic."
The delayed release may be worth the wait as the disc promises to include tracks that, Champion says,"pick up where Clocks left off, but also ones that have moved on a bit."
Bandleader and doting father to newborn Apple Chris Martin added, "We've got some f-cking good
songs. That's one thing we are sure of. I don't think we'll top this. I always say that, but this time I really mean it. I really don't think we'll top it."
Possible tracks include, "Square One," "Talk" (which borrows the riff from Kraftwerk's "Computer Love"), "Till Kingdom Come", "X&Y," "What If" and "The Hardest Part." The songs reportedly mesh the band's signature sound with the influences of David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Brian Eno.
Coldplay will headline this Spring's 2005 Coachella Valley Music Festival and are rumored headliners for June's Glastonbury Festival in England.