Soon it will be two decades since the components of the British band Coldplay launched their parachutes and many began to live life with their music. Since then, they have been good years of success by Chris Martin and his people, until at the end of 2018 they decided to create an alter ego under the identity of The Units.
This musical project allowed the British to release an EP with four songs that gave us the last steps Coldplay had left with A Head Full Of Dreams. But all that has been left on standby and Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, Phil Harvey and Will Champion have returned to the streets with their original name and an eighth album called Everyday Life.
The world and injustices according to Coldplay
In the end, the day begins and ends for everyone the same and that is precisely what explains a title, something paradoxical, called Everyday Life. “We have titled the album like this because every day there are many things that connect us all. We are the most connected generation in history. We can all see and hear everything through digital media but, at the same time, we are far from each other. We are more than ever. There is a distance between people’s real life and their experiences, ”says Will Champion.
The name of the album is close to the concept of a global village although it also hides a strong social criticism, such as references to the bombings in Damascus or the problem of refugees in songs such as Orphans or Guns.
Will himself sees it as something necessary: “We have been making music for a long time and I think it was time that we could express our feelings about what is happening in the world. There are many reasons to be worried or sad for our present and even for the future to come. ”
But not everything is discouraging, Champion also sends a message of hope: “The way in which young people are getting involved with the social causes and energy that put them in the fight of issues such as gender equality and climate activism and In general, to seek social justice is something that inspires. Now is the time to talk about this great mess in which we are involved in Planet Earth, “he says.
That is the main reason why they have chosen to show the world their project from Jordan, place of origins that Will remembers as “the part of the world where civilizations began to settle. The first roots, the first communities and that makes it more attractive. ” However, Amman is the oasis of an area surrounded by the conflict in which the Coldplay boys see that they have a responsibility, to try to unite people with their music.
His songs are the vehicle to spread that idea well although in a more assertive way, Champion believes that there are many ways to use creations: “I would not tell anyone what to do with art or music. Of course, in history there have been artists who have been able to express and convey what some politicians are not capable of. That is why I believe that there is a role for art that should highlight injustices and social problems but also for those who prefer to talk about art more personally and that is also wonderful. I think art can be very powerful on an individual level, but it can also help express very important messages. ”
Sound and confluences of ‘Everyday Life’
It is clear that the band has a responsibility towards their fans and a strong social message that they want to release in this new album in which Arab aesthetics is very present. They have used Arabic typography to accompany the title of the album and its two parts on a very peculiar cover that Will explains with love: “The photograph that appears on the cover is a very old photo of the band that had our great grandfather guitarist, Johnny. The band was from the early nineteenth century, so we took a picture of the group and put our faces on theirs. ”