#0 by Driger (La Vita e Bella!) at 2007-09-26 18:07:46 (377 săptămâni în urmă) - [Link]
How did these four college friends become the poster children for
a nation's emotions? It may have happened at the speed of light,
but it wasn't as easy as it seems.
Coldplay secured a permanent position in Britain's music elite by
writing beautiful, simple songs that gently pulled at the heartstrings
of a nation. Somewhere in between the confident, vulnerable guitar
playing of Jonny Buckland, the melodic bassline of Guy Berryman,
thoughtful drumming of Will Champion, and lead Chris Martin's stark,
tenor vocals are answers for the soul. Although melancholy stands
behind every Coldplay song, each one is also steeped in an unusual
and sincere optimism rarely found in English bands.
The name COLDPLAY was nicked off their friend Tim before he could use it for
his band. He'd originally taken it from a book of poetry. In fact, they used
to be a boy band called Pectoralz, and played their first gig under the guise
of Starfish at Camden Laurel Tree.
Chris' old school mate Phil Harvey became their manager, and financed Coldplay's
first recording and release of the Safety EP on a 500-copies limited CD.
Safety got Coldplay a gig in a cuban caf? as part of the Unsigned Bands'
Festival In the City in Manchester. In the audience was a talent scout
who tipped off Dan Keeling of Parlophone records to keep an eye on them.
Another gig at the Falcon in Camden was written up by NME journalist Simon
Williams who wrote a glowing review and offered them the chance to record
the single Brothers and Sisters for his Fierce Panda label.
In May of 1999, Coldplay signed with Parlophone Records, and on June 8th,
Coldplay signed to BMG Publishing. By October, their first Parlophone release,
The Blue Room E.P, 5000 limited edition CD/12 with video was released.
Lead track Bigger Stronger started picking up plays on Radio One, as
Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley pronounced themselves Coldplay fans. In
October Coldplay also embarked on their first national tour,
co-headlining with Bellatrix.
At the end of 1999, Coldplay found themselves being touted by the music press as a
band to watch in 2000. NME particulary displayed their faith in them by putting
them on the bill for the January NME Premiere tour. Shortly thereafter, Coldplay
began recording their debut album for summer release.
When the band went into the studio with co-producer
and engineer Ken Nelson to record Parachutes, they agreed that nothing
would go on the album that they all four didn't agreed on. This led to a
fierce and gut wrenching recording session that the guys thought might
be their last. Songs ended up veering from fragile to forceful, from
understated to epic, all-the-while carried by Chris' gorgeous vocal
range and endearingly bashful lyrics. On a bittersweet morning in
May, the album was finished.
That Summer, Yellow hit no.4 in the singles charts. In July, Parachutes
goes in at no.1 in the UK album charts. The soaring yet depressing single
Shiver is a masterpiece of swelling emotion, and makes the charts as well.
Parachutes has sold almost 5 million copies world-wide, and, in addition
to the two Brits they won last year, Coldplay recently picked up a Grammy
for Best Alternative Music Album.
Side Note: If you're wondering why Don't Panic is so named (rather than
Beautiful World), it's because Chris swiped the title from Douglas Adams,
as Radiohead did with Paranoid Android.
The bridge between album #1 and #2, was an EP featuring the soulful
In My Place, which opens with a single crash cymbal followed by two bars of
4/4 drumming, then a plaintive three-note guitar line rings through a
strummy, celestial rhythm. Martin's lonely, aching vocals drift across
the sonic landscape like steam escaping a metal pipe: In my place, In
my place/ The lines I couldn't change/ I was lost, oh, yeah.
This past August 27th, Coldplay's sophomore album, A Rush of Blood To The
Head was released.
We wanted to make the most passionate, moving, melodic, uplifting and sad
record of all time, Chris said, in an interview with MTV. There's no
point in trying to do anything less, and if we get maybe one-tenth of
the way there, that will be better than no part of the way there.
For Coldplay, crafting a great record meant writing from the heart and
conveying those sentiments in a fresh and impassioned way. Many songs
were scrapped in the process because they sounded like they could have
been on Coldplay's first album, Parachutes.
The new album is full of plaintive strums, weary arpeggios and pained melodies that
ring and ripple like a lake in a summer rain. The disc is also colored
with textural washes that provide the songs added dimension.
Throughout, Chris Martin portrays himself as if in a constant state of epiphany;
sometimes wondrous, sometimes grim.
From Amazon's Editorial Staff writer, Aidin Vaziri:
...As a band they have advanced to a stage where they outshine nearly every one
of their rivals in terms of imagination and emotional pull. A Rush of Blood to
the Head is a soulful, exhilarating journey, moving from the cathartic rock of
Politik to the hushed tones of Green Eyes without once breaking its mesmerizing
spell. Singer Chris Martin takes his voice on soaring flights... And the music
is nearly flawless, a persuasive cross between Pink Floyd and The Verve. Even if
they haven't come up with another Yellow, you would be hard-pressed to care.
This is exquisite stuff.
Side Note: The popular song God Put a Smile Upon Your Face from AROBTTH
was originally titled, Your Guess Is As Good as Mine. It was originally going to
accompany other songs that didn't make it onto the final cut: A Ghost,
Deserter, Fingers Crossed, Murder, This Hollow Frame,
In Isolation, and Animals.
After one week of sales, A Rush of Blood To The Head went to #1 in
Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway,
Switzerland, UAE, UK, and performed exceedingly well in other countries as
well: Austria #10, Finland #4, France #4, Holland #3,
Portugal #5, USA #5.
Their recent celeb fans include Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow,
Julia Roberts, Al & Tipper Gore, Jack Nicholson, Winona Ryder, Sylvester Stallone,
Kirsten Dunst, Tobey Maguire, Keri Russell, Elijiah Wood, Daphne Zuniga, Jennifer
Love Hewitt, and Bob Saget, just to name a few...
Chris Martin (Vocalist, guitar, piano):
Birthdate: March 2, 1977
Chris Martin was born in the county of Devon where from an early age, he could
be found merrily bashing out tunes on the family piano. His mother was a teacher.
His father was an accountant. He'll admit that the first album he ever bought was
either Michael Jackson's Thriller or Bad. He cried over Life Is Beautiful and ran
out of Scream 2. He graduated to the guitar and has been in bands since he was 15.
Chris is the oldest of five children.
Guy Berryman (Bass):
Birthdate: April 12, 1978
Guy was born in Fife, Scotland, though his family later moved to Kent.
Inspired by his love of funk and rare grooves records, Guy started
playing bass at 13. Guy joined the band in 1998 to play bass just before
ping out of engineering school at University College London.
He lists his favorite artists as James Brown, The Beatles, Neil Young,
Kool & The Gang, Gram Parsons, and Pink Floyd. Chris says Guy is
...the dark member of the band. Everyone thinks he's moody. Soft-spoken
is better. Guy had a previous band called Time Out.
Jonny Buckland (Lead guitar):
Birthdate: September 11, 1977
Jonny was born in London, then his family relocated to Mold, North Wales when
he was just four. Jonny first picked up a guitar at the tender age of 11,
encouraged by his older brother who was a huge My Bloody Valentine fan.
Both boys grew up in a house filled with Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix
from their dad's record collection. Yet it wasn't until Jonny discovered
The Stone Roses that he started taking the guitar seriously. People
describe him as shy and nonchalant, but he argues he's just happy to
Will Champion (Drums):
Birthdate: July 31, 1977
Will was born in Southampton and spent his formative years learning a
variety of instruments whilest watching his beloved Southampton F.C
narrowly avoid regulation. Words like calm, reliable and enthusiastic
are used to describe drummer Will Champion.
His teacher parents who encouraged him to spend his formative years learning
to play a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, piano and the tin
whistle. He had never played drums before joining Coldplay but was so
musically inclined that he quickly caught on.
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