New Journal Entry from Will

July 14, 2002 7:44 PM

Will posted a new journal entry on on Friday. His entry reads as follows:

Well its been a while and quite a lot of stuff has happened. I suppose it's best to start at the beginning.

The recording of the album as you will no doubt read (or will have read already) was a weird time for all of us. Having been touring the first album for nearly 2 years we all felt it was time to get back in the studio. It was only really the fact that we were playing new songs on the second half of the touring that kept us going; the prospect of putting these ideas down on tape was all that we were looking forward to.

When we eventually finished touring in september of last year, we went straight into the studio without really taking too much time off. We set up in Mayfair studios in Primrose Hill with a view to getting some rough ideas down on tape, sort of pre production, so that when Ken came to the studio, we would have a better idea of what we were dealing with. Things seemed to be going really well, and in many cases we thought that we might actually have got some usable stuff down. Trouble is when things go smoothly with us, invariably it means that the end product is no good.

We spent two months working on songs, quite a few of which, after a break and reappraisal turned out to be not so good. Songs like Animals, Idiot, I Ran Away and Murder were chucked and we knew we had to change location and get writing. So we went back to our favourite studio "Studio 3 Parr St. Liverpool". It is fortunate that we did make that move because it was the place where the core of the album was written.

Songs that were chucked became ancestors to new songs, and songs like The Scientist, Daylight, A Whisper, Clocks arrived and were recorded within days of being written. It was quite an intense period of work, but the fact that we were frustrated and confused and sometimes panicked was bizzarely a good sign. Like i said before, for us, good things only come out of difficult times. With the bulk of songs recorded, we went back to London to finish off in Air studios.

As usual we anticipated the finishing of the record far too early. Knowing when to stop is the hardest part of making a record. The only way we could tell that songs were done was when the things we tried to add to it made it sound worse rather than better.

Ken Nelson is the master of knowing when to stop, countless times he would say ' I think it's lost the feel or the emotion', and it was down to him that we eventually saw the finish line. Ken and Mark Phythian, and Danton Supple helped us mix the record and we finally let it go. It was a mixture of relief and panic. We could not, and still can't tell if it is any good. All we know is that a some point, all of us thought that each song was the best we'd ever written. Whether people agree is a different matter.


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Birthday Apology

July 14, 2002 7:37 PM

Joci of See You Soon was kind enough to point out that Coldplay's drummer, Will Champion, will not turn 24 until the 31st. Yesterday I made the mistake of posting that it was his birthday. I have been getting messages from Yahoo! telling me it was his birthday for the past two days :)

So again, I apologize for the mishap, but you guys ended up getting a free download out of the deal, so I'm sure you don't mind. I'll try do something special for Will's real birthday too. Keep a look out for that in about 17 days.

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Birthday Gift

July 13, 2002 12:51 PM

To celebrate drummer Will Champion's birthday today, since I can't give him a present, I am giving all my website visitors a present.

I am offering a download of Coldplay's new song, "Daylight." What's the catch, you say? Well, the download is available exclusively to discussion forum members. No worries though, all you have to do is join today to get access to another great track from the forthcoming album.

I'm interested in hearing what people think of "Daylight." I've heard it and a few others they've played on the tour, and I have to say that "Politik" is still my favorite.

I look forward to seeing all of you in the discussion forum!

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Happy Birthday, Will!

July 13, 2002 2:31 AM

Here's wishing a very happy birthday to Will Champion, Coldplay's drummer, who turns 24 today.

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Chris' Take on New Album

July 13, 2002 2:25 AM

In an interview Chris did with Q magazine prior to their show at Glastonbury, he explained the meaning behind a few of the new songs from "A Rush of Blood to the Head."

"The new single is In My Place. It's basically the tune that kept us together last year. Jonny Buckland's guitar riff is my favourite riff of his ever."

"The Scientist is the only song we've ever written and recorded all on the same day. It's about when you start analyzing things too much."

It sounds like 'Clocks' was almost held back for a later album because Chris has stated, worryingly, that "There's a death obsession round the band at the moment".

And finally, as for 'Politik?' "It's turned into the loudest song we've ever done."


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