Radio 1 interview: Coldplay’s new record is about ‘love, OCD, addiction and escape’

Both Chris Martin and Will Champion were featured on the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show this morning (Friday 7th January), and gave us an insight into what the fifth album is all about. If you were expecting release dates, album or track titles then you were disappointed. You can already download the interview in MP3 format at the multimedia forum and all this morning’s discussion on the interview is at the Coldplay forum now [thanks fsa & Iriden]

Chris Martin has said Coldplay’s forthcoming fifth album is about “love, addiction, OCD, escape and working for someone you don’t like”. He added that it was a “thinly veiled account of what happens within the group”.

Speaking to Radio 1’s Zane Lowe he denied the album would be a “concept record” after reports in the press that it could be. The band say the album is yet to get a release date. Chris added that theme-wise the follow-up to 2008’s Viva La Vida And Death And All His Friends, “also has a lot of uplifting stuff. It’s supposed to be about life, the good stuff and the bad stuff. Everything.”


Drummer Will Champion said: “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. ‘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.”

Back in December Chris Martin told the BBC that the album, produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs, was about “two like-minded outsiders who meet in a very difficult environment and therefore have a journey together”.

Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland with Zane Lowe of Radio 1 (back on 1st December 2010):