Coldplay were hypnotised to make new album
Published 27/10/2011 | 08:31
Coldplay have revealed how they turned to trance music - by attempting to write their new album under hypnosis at the insistence of producer Brian Eno.
The band said a hypnotherapist was brought in to see how it would affect results as they recorded latest album Mylo Xyloto, which was released this week.
Former Roxy Music star Eno - who has worked with the band repeatedly - is known for his wacky methods to get the best out of bands.
Bass player Guy Berryman said: "We're not afraid to try different things. Brian Eno brought a friend in and the four of us were playing music under hypnosis. It didn't really come to anything. You try 10 ideas and only one works. But nothing is too stupid for us."
Eno, who has been behind albums such as U2's Achtung Baby, is known for his "oblique strategies" - a pack of cards with strange random instructions for musicians to encourage them in different directions.
He spoke as the band launched their fifth studio album in Madrid ahead of a major show at the city's Plaza De Toros De Las Ventas.
Frontman Chris Martin had an uncharacteristic expletive-packed rant during a press conference as he made clear he had been angered by a number of "plagiarism" claims against the quartet.
"It's fine to not like the band but it's not right to accuse us of plagiarism. It's a very big difference between criticism and accusation. The people who do that are c**** quite frankly."
He and the band ruled out ever making an appearance on ITV1's The X Factor as guests or mentors, but he said they were all fans of the show.
And he said in the past they had actually voted for former contestant Stacey Solomon.
"We all watch The X Factor, but I don't think we could go on it. I think it's just that we do something very different to that," he said.
Coldplay also told of their delight that The Stone Roses had decided to re-form. The group announced last week that they will be playing a three-night run at Manchester's Heaton Park.
As well as being fans, Chris Martin said they also had a financial interest after investing in a forthcoming film about the Roses' legendary Spike Island gig.
The film is to be directed by the band's friend Mat Whitecross, who has directed a number of their videos.
"We just put some money into that film so as film investors we're very thrilled that the band have decided to get back together because it means the box office will be much bigger," Martin said.
However he later added: "Tonight's venue is a bull ring at the heart of the Spanish capital, which they had chosen to showcase the album because of its stunning setting."
Martin said: "We just looked for some of the most stunning buildings you can find in one of the most beautiful cities in the world."