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Old 03-26-2006, 08:12 PM   #16
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coldplay emo?
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Coldplay isn't whiny enough to be emo, which says a goddamn lot.
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Old 03-27-2006, 05:27 AM   #18
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live from New Jersey, the case for coldplay

Coldplay, Continental Airlines Arena, aka The Meadowlands
25 March 2006

Last year, Jon Pareles wrote an article for the New York Times called “The Case Against Coldplay” where he called them “the most insufferable band of the decade.” Last night, I went to his neighborhood (northern New Jersey, to be exact) to witness the case for Coldplay.

While I never thought I’d share so much spiritual geography with teenage girls and emo rockers, it seems like that it’s exactly that kind of “guilt by association” that turns Mr. Parales sour. While he doesn’t like what Coldplay does, he clearly realizes that they’re good at it.

Witness this impeccable prose: “It's not for lack of skill. The band proffers melodies as imposing as Romanesque architecture, solid and symmetrical. Martin on keyboards, Jonny Buckland on guitar, Guy Berryman on bass and Will Champion on drums have mastered all the mechanics of pop songwriting, from the instrumental hook that announces nearly every song they've recorded to the reassurance of a chorus to the revitalizing contrast of a bridge. Their arrangements ascend and surge, measuring out the song's yearning and tension, cresting and easing back and then moving toward a chiming resolution. Coldplay is meticulously unified, and its songs have been rigorously cleared of anything that distracts from the musical drama.”

No, it’s the emo effect that gets this critic’s goat. It’s Chris Martin and his lyrics: “I hear a passive-aggressive blowhard, immoderately proud as he flaunts humility. ‘I feel low,’ he announces in the chorus of ‘Low,’ belied by the peak of a crescendo that couldn't be more triumphant about it.”

While it was an epic and eternal sound that sucked my brain on the first listen to “Clocks,” the spirit of the project kept me. Emotion truly pulled me to Coldplay and kept pulling me. My first emo band. In such an intensely miserable world, it’s this cozy component of Chris Martin’s sensibility that makes a Coldplay concert a kind of postmodern love-in. I still like my anger in folk, punk, and hip-hop, but sometimes such ranting can leave me cold. Coldplay makes me warm and wet. People of all ages, arms waving, hearts swelling, vocal chords wailing: we are in this fucking together, and we want more. Now, some people get that buzz at church or singing the Star Spangled Banner at football games. But for those of us unable to access too much religion or patriotism, we have rock and roll. And of those rare and bombastic and hokey enough to try transforming a hockey arena into a homey happenin’ hoedown, Coldplay has come to the top of their crowd and can draw the crowd.

Northern New Jersey is a kind of example of why modernity might have been a bad idea, an exurban unimpressive pavement monster. Just finding my hotel room and getting to the show were a chore. But once in the parking lot, with the Amstel Light and Dominican rum warming the hears of the hospitable tailgaters I happened upon, the beauty of the pre-concert communion shed my doubts about why I’d traveled so far again—just to see a band. While some of my friends are baffled by my devotion, my new friends were just impressed. They had the same infection as me and completely understood. The etymology of the word “fan” (from the root fanatic) is instructive here. I’m a fan in the true sense. Two nights of Coldplay equals my March madness. There’s more to say about last night, but it’s time to get ready for tonight, with Ashcroft onstage in less than two hours!!
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Old 03-27-2006, 06:21 AM   #19
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Chris Martin's good mood (live 3/26/06)

"I'm warning you -- I'm in an extremely good mood; I'm expecting a baby soon."

Chris Martin made my weekend two nights in a row.

Moving from the main floor to side stage, lower level, I enjoyed my great view of the band, who are absolutely on their game--personal and passionate and totally professional.

At least twice, Chris commented on how the crowd exceeded his expectations. Now, it's hard to find a fellow fan having as much fun as me -- but people were as friendly (although not as drunk or wild) as in New Jersey.

I still don't understand why some folks feel compelled to talk during a show (as some near me did during R. Ashcroft, prompting me to move) or constantly play with their phones -- an activity Chris M. apparently condones ("Cell phones is cool"). Seeing all the waving lights during "What If" was inspired, but I wonder what it would be like if people just turned them off and got more into the show.

Into the show, indeed. An unparalelled ecstasy could be found at the close of Clocks, a stunning climax that sent the whole place into a deafening post-orgasm moan.

At the close of Fix You, I grabbed my coat and sprinted to the car, motivated by Martin's leaping and dashing acrobatics, the best, of course, being his mad lap to the back of the building during In My Place.

As Chris warned of his mood during the opening strains of Square One, I want to carry that joy home with me on the plane and back to work today. We certainly all need the love that Coldplay carries every time we hear their hooks, in a big hall or privately on headphones.

Square One
Politik
Yellow
Speed of Sound
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
What If
Don’t Panic
White Shadows
The Scientist
Til Kingdom Come
Ring of Fire
Trouble
Clocks
Talk
Swallowed in the Sea
In My Place
Fix You
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we need a new coldplay thread every time they play another show?
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And also one before, during and after the concert.

No wonder Coldplay gets bashed on this forum. When people are too stupid/inconsiderate/troll-like to keep all the discussion in one thread, others soon get fed up with it. They're then posting some negative remarks and see here, another thread going down the drain.

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Old 03-27-2006, 11:09 AM   #22
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Gee, couldn't this be posted in one of the 235,435 other threads about Coldplay? Or in one of the 853 threads about these concerts?

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Gee, why is everyone still posting in this thread? Don't you know that there are already 75 new threads about Coldplay?

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Gee, why is everyone still posting in this thread? Don't you know that there are already 75 new threads about Coldplay?

Why do you care if there are 75 threads, 10 threads or just 1 thread about Coldplay? This is a message board. If you don't like this thread or another one, don't read or post in it. Why would anyone be concerned about this?
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I am concerned about it when the 4 or 5 threads about this subject (and with this subject I don't mean Coldplay in general, but their concerts last weekend in Jersey) clutter up this forum, especially when one thread would suffice.
And given the fact that there are already 39 (yep, 39!) threads about Coldplay on this forum, why not post in an existing one instead of creating a new one for each note they play.
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:31 PM   #26
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I've merged them. I'm sure Anu just didn't see that they were merged. It's no big deal.
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Have you also added this one to the Band Index?
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:42 PM   #28
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Re: Chris Martin's good mood (live 3/26/06)

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What If
Wow. A setlist shakeup. This is a miracle.

U2 fans who complain about setlist variety definitely haven't seen Coldplay multiple times on this tour.

The sad thing is they took out one of the best songs of the set (How You See The World) to put in one of the worst songs on X&Y (What If). That's just nitpicking though. I'm glad they finally played something different.
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I am still relatively new to Interference (note my number of total posts), so please forgive my misunderstanding of the particular netiquette of this subforum, especially regarding having too many Coldplay threads.

As to the "emo" question, I was obviously extrapolating with the term to make a point, a point that was intended to counter-argue with the NY Times critic.

I suppose Coldplay is really 'emo' in the sense that Matisyahu is really reggae, or something to that effect.
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I suppose Coldplay is really 'emo' in the sense that Matisyahu is really reggae, or something to that effect.
Matisyahu is actually considered part of the reggae genre now. Coldplay has never been called emo, though.
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