Coldplay reveal ‘story’ concept for new album

Chris Martin wants follow-up to 'Viva La Vida' to have 'less fanfare'

Coldplay‘s Chris Martin has said the band’s next record will be a concept album revolving around a secret story.

The frontman revealed that the band want to take a break from touring to work on the follow-up to ‘Viva La Vida’, which he says will be more stripped-down than its predecessor.

“We spend an awful lot of time creating,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Maybe it’s because we’re about to turn 33, but I just feel hungry to write all the time.

“I think at the end of this tour, we may not tour for a while. We may put out a record without quite so much fanfare. I think the next one will be quite stripped-down and based upon this story idea which I can’t talk about because it might be bad.”

Martin added that he’s been getting inspiration from TV show ‘The Wire’, saying: “The main thing I do on tour is write, and then go watch ‘The Wire’.”

He also denied rumours that he’ll release a solo album, saying: “Hell would have to not only freeze over, but be skated over and completely closed up. The pope would have to declare that it didn’t even exist. I can’t think of anything worse.”