Coldplay unveiled new tracks in Austin, Texas yesterday, treating a SXSW crowd to previously unheard songs from their upcoming sixth album ‘Ghost Stories’. Here’s the best of the images from last night’s low key performance – so low key in fact that Chris Martin and co didn’t even bother dressing up in their usual regal stagewear.
The band played an 11-song set at the Moody Theatre as part of the five night long iTunes Festival, kicking off with new song ‘Always In My Head’, the opening track on their hotly anticipated new record. The band also played new single ‘Magic’ and well as unveiling ‘Ghost Stories’ track ‘Another’s Arms’, closing the evening with the Jon Hopkins-produced ‘Midnight’.
“We’ve been away a long time, and I can’t think of a better way to come back into the world [than] in the intimate surroundings of Austin and just a couple of 100 people and the millions watching at home,” said frontman Chris Martin during the show.
’Another’s Arms’ was relatively downbeat and featured an operatic female vocal whilst opener ‘Always In My Head’ was more low-key and understated when compared to tracks like ‘Viva La Vida’, ‘Clocks’ and ‘Paradise’, all given run outs last night.
During ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ confetti cannons showered the stage and band with streamers before ‘Fix You’, which Martin introduced by sending “all our love” to everyone involved with the Malaysia Airlines plane which went missing over the weekend.
“Thank you guys for giving us such a warm welcome back,” stated Martin after ‘Fix You’, with the band returning for an encore of the electronic-driven ‘Midnight’, which saw Martin sitting on the edge of the stage, while bassist Guy Berryman played what appeared to be some sort of rainbow light-activated theremin.
After playing ‘Magic’, Martin commented to the crowd: “That’s the first time we’ve ever played that, and I’m happy it was with you.”
Coldplay played: ‘Always In My Head’, ‘Charlie Brown’, ‘Paradise’, ‘Magic’, ‘Clocks’, ‘Another’s Arms’, ‘Viva La Vida’, ‘Atlas’, ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’, ‘Fix You’ and ‘Midnight’.