COLDPLAY are struggling to meet the deadlines to deliver their new album, according to bassist GUY BERRYMAN
As previously reported on NME.COM, the group have finished recording their second album, and are in the process of working on final mixes with producer Ken Nelson
“It’s panic stations at the moment because we’ve got a deadline we’re trying to meet,” Berryman told Rolling Stone. “And I don’t think we’re going to meet it. We’ve got a lot of pressure on us. We’re trying our best, but if we think we haven’t done it justice, then we’re going to have to spend longer. Whenever we deliver it, it will mean it’s finished. I’d hate to rush the end of the record, rush the mixes because we have to get it in on time.”
The first US single will be titled ‘In My Place’, a track that has been played live by the group in recent months. However, a spokesperson for the band told NME.COM no decisions had been made on a UK single.
Speaking about the album as a whole, he said their currently untitled second album is “more energetic and upbeat ” than their debut ‘Parachutes’. He commented: “It sounds like Coldplay. You’ll recognise it as being us, but it’s more energetic and upbeat, more confident. We’ve grown as people and musicians and we’re quite confident we’re going to deliver a record that meets all our fans’ expectations. I think we’ve come up with a good follow-up.
“I don’t think we’ve been influenced massively by our success and by our travels. The lyrics Chris Martin writes are more basic than that, emotional ideas rather than life experiences. There’s probably a few lines in there which reflect what’s happened in the last year or so, but it’s hard to say.”
A statement has been issued on the band’s official website by manager Phil Harvey clarifying the situation with the album.
He commented: “Initially we’d hoped to have the thing finished around about now so that we could release it mid-June. This would have allowed us to play some gigs over the summer that we’d been looking forward to for a long time.
“Unfortunately, the deadline is about to pass and we’re a good few weeks from completion. Up until the last week or so, the band were desperately trying to rush through the mixing process to deliver the album on time. Around last weekend however it became apparent that this simply couldn’t be done without seriously compromising the music. Hence the re-assessment of the situation and the delay to the release date.
“Despite the disappointments of not being able to carry out our summer plans, there are still reasons to be cheerful. Most importantly of all, we can now be sure that the finished album will be as good as we’ve always envisaged it would be. There’ll be no excuses about having to rush things anymore.
“Secondly, it gives the boys time to work on a couple of new songs which have appeared only in the last few weeks. I’ve got a feeling that one of these could well end up as my favourite track on the album.
“So plans are kind of up in the air at the moment. We’re not sure what the first single will be (contrary to rolling stone.com) and the tracklisting is still very much undecided. I’ve got a pretty good idea of what the album title will be but at present I’m still not allowed to say. As for the release date, I’ll be unpleasantly surprised if the album isn’t out by the end of the summer.”