Chris Martin has said the band's next record will be a concept album revolving around a secret story, and that he wants follow-up to 'Viva La Vida' to have 'less fanfare', according to NME today.
The frontman revealed that the band want to take a break from touring to work on the follow-up to 'Viva La Vida', which he says will be more stripped-down than its predecessor. "We spend an awful lot of time creating," he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Maybe it's because we're about to turn 33, but I just feel hungry to write all the time.
"I think at the end of this tour, we may not tour for a while. We may put out a record without quite so much fanfare. I think the next one will be quite stripped-down and based upon this story idea which I can't talk about because it might be bad."
Martin added that he's been getting inspiration from TV show 'The Wire', saying: "The main thing I do on tour is write, and then go watch ."
He also denied rumours that he'll release a solo album, saying: "Hell would have to not only freeze over, but be skated over and completely closed up. The pope would have to declare that it didn't even exist. I can't think of anything worse."
Meanwhile, Chris Martin has said he uses rapper Kanye West's confidence as a source of inspiration. Martin said he admired West's belief that music could still be challenged using new instruments and sounds, despite its long history. “That's what I really admire about Kanye. Because for all the flak he gets, I feel so inspired by his confidence,” Martin told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “He knows that there's been all this history of music, but he still believes he can do something that no one else has done. That, for me, is a liberating idea.”
You can read the full interview article which was posted on 25th May at the Coldplay forum here onwards.
Coldplay at Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH (4 June 2009):