Well he did save their career, as Danny McNamara acknowledges...

Embrace frontman DANNY

McNAMARA has hailed CHRIS MARTIN, the man who helped save the band’s

career, as a genius.


Speaking to NME.COM,

McNamara said if it wasn’t for the

success brought by the Martin penned

‘Gravity’, his band would have been

dumped by their label and split up.

“I think [Chris Martin] is a genius, but it’s not


easy for him,” he said. “I speak to him every week,

pretty much, and he sets impossibly high standards for

himself and then somehow he manages to reach them.

“The thing of giving us ‘Gravity’ –

it’s easy to give away any song, but he gave us a

really fucking good one, just like an amazing gift. No

matter how good a songwriter you are, a song like that

only comes along maybe twice a year.”

The massive success of ‘Gravity’

prompted a complete resurgence in fortunes for


after a number of years on

the periphery. Their comeback album ‘Out Of

Nothing’ shot straight to Number One,

shifting almost 250,000 copies in a month, and they

are about to start a sold-out British and European

tour, with further dates in the spring.

“If the album hadn’t have done well, we wouldn’t be

together any more because we would have dropped, I’m

pretty sure about that,” said McNamara.


release new single

‘Ashes’ on November 15.

The UK tour for 2005 calls at:

Newcastle City Hall (February 23)

Doncaster Dome (25)

Carling Apollo Manchester (26, 27)

Leicester De Montford Hall (28)

Wolverhampton Civic Hall (March 1)

Cambridge Corn Exchange (2)

Portsmouth Guild Hall (3)

London Brixton Carling Academy (5, 6)

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