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November 26, 2005

All That Is Cold play

By Mehreen F. Ali

Come up to meet you
Tell you I’m sorry
You don’t know how lovely you are I had to find you...
Tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart
Tell me your secrets
And ask me your questions
Oh let’s go back to the start...  
—The Scientist
(A rush of blood to the head)  

Profound! That is how you sum up Coldplay in one word. The British band comprising Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion has emerged as one of the hottest things to have happened to contemporary music. Among the fad of jarring guitars, hammering drums and music that is mostly noise, these boys have managed to make quite a place for themselves, despite an absolutely conflicting style with soft guitars, melodious strings and dreamy, unearthly vocals with simple, soft lyrics.   We remember them by such beautiful numbers as “The Scientist” and “Fix you”. What is so special about these boys that has made them rise to the top and remain there? Most people say there is a touch of melancholy and spirituality behind each and every of their numbers, and it seems that they pull every string with deep thought and careful contemplation.   Since their conception, Coldplay have come a long way, and today they have secured a permanent position in Britain by churning up stirring music and writing equally moving lyrics.  

Why “Coldplay”?  

The band title Coldplay was taken off their friend, Tim, before he could use it for his band. Apparently, Tim had originally taken it from a book of poetry. Before this, these boys used to go by the name of “Pectoralz”.   But Coldplay is not just about a name … each of the four boys contributes something definite and thoughtful to the band’s output, and that is the reason why they have steadily and solidly surfaced as a very strong entity on the contemporary music scene.  

Chris Martin (vocals, guitar, piano)  

Birthdate: March 2, 1977

Chris Martin was born in Devon and is the eldest of five siblings. Since an early age, he had been fond of playing the family piano. Later, he shifted his skills to playing the guitar, and has been playing for bands since he was 15 years.   Although Coldplay often churns up some heavy sets of melancholy music, Chris is quite the opposite — he rarely drinks, never smokes and is quite the optimist, admitting that life can be pretty damn good. He is the maestro behind Coldplay’s achingly beautiful and passionate music, and his tendency to feel insecure and inadequate drives Coldplay’s best works. Without his bleeding melodies and heart-felt lyrics, Coldplay’s songs would never be what they are.  

Guy Berryman (Bass)  

Birthdate: April 12, 1978

Guy was born in Fife, Scotland. He started playing bass at 13 and joined the band in 1998 to play bass, before dropping out of engineering school at University College London. Prior to joining Coldplay, Guy had a band called “Time Out”  

Jonny Buckland (Lead guitar)  

Birthdate: September 11, 1977

Jonny was born in London then moved with his family to North Wales at the age of four. At the age of 11, Jonny started playing the guitar, encouraged by his older brother. Later, he started playing seriously and today, he is the quiet, shy member of Coldplay and happy to be that way.  

Will Champion (Drums)  

Birthdate: July 31, 1977

Will was born in Southampton and spent his early years learning a variety of musical instruments including the guitar, bass, piano and tin whistle. Before joining Coldplay, Will had never played drums, but his apt musical talents and natural inclination made him quickly adjust to his new role. Will is best described by his band members as “calm,” “reliable” and “enthusiastic”.

Coldplay’s latest  

This year, Coldplay have yet again raised a storm with their album ‘X&Y;’, a follow-up to their 2002’s “A rush of blood to the head”. The album’s sales around the world have hit and forgone the 10-million mark, putting it in the same genre as the big players like U2. With concerts having rocketing ticket sales and singles that are still standing tall on the charts, things certainly are looking up for Coldplay since their last release, three long years ago.  

With the launch of ‘X&Y;’, Coldplay have entered into a relatively mature stage of their music, as is evident in the compositions. As for the fans, the album took a long time to make its way to the market, but as most say, “it was well worth the wait”.   Their singles “Speed of sound” and “Fix you” are still running as popularly as ever on TV since their release and no one’s complaining. After all, it’s Coldplay … you don’t give up on their music very easily.   “And high up above or down below When you’re too in love to let it go But if you never try you’ll never know Just what you’re worth” —- Fix You, (X&Y;).

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