Coldplay is becoming a cold case. Yeah Yeah Yeahs are feeling like the No No Nos. And U2 might just become U…
After experiencing a successful year with the release of their 2014 album Ghost Stories, the beloved British rock band Coldplay is now saying record number seven just might be their concluding set. In an interview with Zane Lowe, lead vocalist Chris Martin says, “Its our seventh thing and the way we look at it is like the last Harry Potter book…this is the completion of something. Its just a very fun time to be in our band. I have to think of it as the final thing we do otherwise we wouldn’t put everything into it.” Sometime in the next 12 months, fans can expect to see the groups newest release A Head Full of Dreams hit iTunes and store shelves, but their future beyond that remains a mystery.
Lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O came out in 2014 saying that the group was on “a bit of a hiatus at the moment,” which many (myself included) dramatized to be their demise. Reading more into her words, we find this is not the case and all the band needs is a little more inspiration to fuel their “yeah!” screaming indie rock fire. “We have to wait to get that urge, get that itch. The time needs to be right and we’re okay waiting for that,” says O. Even though the most recent Yeah Yeah Yeahs album Mosquito might have left some wanting more, listeners can still find some of the band’s unique sound and energy in O’s first full solo record Crush Songs which I mentioned in my 20 of ’14 post. Sadly, the tracks, recorded long ago almost never found their way to the outside world due to O’s fear of exposing their raw and intimate nature. Thank goodness they did because the reality of the music is heartbreaking, but damn good- at least enough to make me forget my Yeah Yeah Yeahs craving for a little while. When the band finally gets their feet off the ground again O says, “it’ll be like muscle memory, this unspoken thing between the three of us where it all just…locks in.”
As for U2, the band who sparked 2014’s favorite album controversy, came out with another surprise for fans courtesy of frontman Bono who posted an A to Z New Year’s post on the group’s website bringing a bit of sad news. Bono recalls a severe injury he was afflicted with on his 50th birthday writing, “I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket.” “Very punk rock as injuries go,” he jokes.
Although the result of the injury may be no laughing matter when it comes to Bono’s future with U2. “It is not clear I will ever play guitar again,” he confesses in an ABC news report. Despite his uncertainty, he concludes his post with a hopeful optimism for the future generation: “As they age, I don’t know if they’ll be playing our music, but if we are still around, I hope to be deafened by the joyful noise of a world unrecognizably better because of the innovations in science, medicine, and equality they bring about. The biggest breakthroughs are always in the way we see the world. We could do with some fresh eyes. On U2 too.”
Perhaps Songs of Innocence will be the last album we hear from U2…If so, at least U2 can say they left off on more than a good note.