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Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has revealed the band's upcoming album Everyday Life has been been influenced by real world events, including the Syrian refugee crisis.
The 42-year-old explained some the the album was inspired by “trying to empathise about what other people are going through”.
He told DJ Annie Mac on Radio 1's Future Sounds: “The truth is there was something about our last tour that made me at peace with speaking openly and not minding if people disagree…
“This has been the first time we’ve felt like: ‘We’ve got to this place as a band so there’s really nothing to think about career-wise.’
“You can just speak completely freely and let all the colours of life come through.
“Some of it’s very personal, about real things in my life, and some of it’s about things that I see or we see, and some of it’s about trying to empathise about what other people are going through.
“It seems to me that one of the things that might help people have a better time is to put themselves in other people’s shoes, whether that’s these kids who have to leave Syria, or who grew up in Baltimore, or whatever it might be.
“Rather than judging from afar, maybe to think: ‘I wonder what it’s like to be there’.”
— Dan B (@danbullock) October 21, 2019
Coldplay took an unconventional approach to announcing their new record as they promoted it through a typewritten letter sent to fans who later posted it to social media.
The band's guitarist Jonny Buckland, who grew up in Flintshire, told fans on Twitter that he once had a job at the publication although he did admit he "wasn't very good at it".
I once had a holiday job at the Daily Post, placing photos of houses for sale. I wasn't very good at it. JB https://t.co/tYquPUn8S4
— Coldplay (@coldplay) October 23, 2019
The album will be Coldplay's eighth studio album following on from their seventh release A Head Full of Dreams back in 2015.
Everyday Life is due out on 22 November.
With reporting by PA.