Coldplay‘s Chris Martin has claimed that the global recession was a key influence on the band’s new album ‘Mylo Xyloto’.
In an interview with Spin, the singer said that the LP – which entered the UK charts at Number One yesterday (October 30) after outselling the rest of the Top 5 combined – was inspired by the “feeling of being mad” at the people responsible for the economic crisis.
Martin, who also said that he saw “the logic” behind the recent Occupy Wall Street protests but felt the movement should be “more focused with a pinpoint message”, revealed:
The recession had something to do with it. And the feeling of being mad at the people who did sub-prime mortgages and got everyone in such a heap of trouble.
The frontman also spoke about the public perception of Coldplay, going on to add: “Some people misconstrue our band just to be a commercial venture. They question the soulfulness of Coldplay because we’ve done okay.”
He continued: “Maybe it’s because I’m English, but in terms of how people perceive us I only pick up on the negative side of it. I always feel like the big bad outside world just fucking hates us.”
Last week, Martin admitted that releasing ‘Mylo Xyloto’ made him feel “suicidal” as he feared a potential backlash from fans of the group.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to see a video of the band speaking to NME about ‘Princess Of China’, their duet with Rihanna, which they claim is the best track on the album.