Coldplay accused of copying ‘Viva La Vida’ melody

Chris Martin and co deny Brooklyn band's claims

An American indie band have implied that Coldplay knowingly copied one of their melodies for new song ‘Viva La Vida’ – something the British group have strongly denied.

Posting their claims in a Youtube clip, Brooklyn group Creaky Boards alledge that the melody in Chris Martin and co’s track sounds very similar to one of their songs – and that the Coldplay frontman may have even seen them play live last year.

Including footage of the band playing at the New York CMJ festival in October 2007, a caption posted by songwriter Andrew Hoepfner reads: “We were flattered when we thought we saw Chris Martin in the crowd that night. He seemed pretty into it. Maybe too into it.”


He then adds: “The crazy thing is that my song is actually called ‘The Songs I Didn’t Write’.”

The clip compares sections of both songs to allow viewers to make up their minds.

Hoepfner then concludes the video with a caption, saying: “Anyway, I wish Coldplay the best of luck. If they ever want to collaborate, I’ve got some microphones we could use in my bedroom. I’m gonna get ready to play a show now. I hope the soundguy remembers to pass the tip jar…”

You can watch the full clip below.

However a spokesperson for Coldplay denied Creaky Boards‘ claims, explaining that ‘Viva La Vida’ was actually written and demoed in March 2007.

Meanwhile, the band are set to play a free gig at Brixton Academy tonight (June 16) – see NME.COM for a live report later today.