Is Coldplay a religious band?
Since releasing their first full-length album Parachutes in 2000, the members of Coldplay have become musical superstars. They’ve toured the world, teamed up with other music royalty, and sold millions of records.
But in recent years, the group has also become known for talking about big issues. This has included a commitment to take a more eco-friendly approach to their shows as the world struggles to tackle climate change.
However, in addition to sharing his thoughts on the big issues facing the earth, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin also gave press interviews on another important topic – the existence of God.
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Combined with the fact that Martin had a religious upbringing and his band has such titles as “Higher Power”, “Church”, God Put a Smile Upon Your Face” and “Paradise”, this has led some music fans to wondering if Coldplay is a religious band.
One could certainly argue that the group’s ever-evolving sound has moved into a more spiritual realm since the early days, though the strong language of 2021’s People of The Pride song would likely raise a few eyebrows in a church.
Martin, however, certainly had a religious upbringing. He was born in Exeter on March 2, 1977 and attended Cathedral School in the city, where he was already showing signs of musical talent.
A three-minute song titled “Electric Thunder” was written by Martin aged 12 and features him playing keyboards on the track, which won a competition at Exeter Cathedral School in 1989. A tape of the song has been released. in 2020 after being found by a former classmate.
But what about his more recent work with Coldplay? Is 2021’s “Higher Power” taken from the band’s latest album, “Music of the Spheres,” straight to God?
Strangely, “Higher Power” was first performed publicly in space when French astronaut Thomas Pesquet launched the track from the International Space Station in an interesting – and fitting – publicity stunt.
Speaking of the song, which features the words “until you tell me on a heavenly phone,” Martin nodded to a perhaps more generally spiritual meaning of the track. “The song is about trying to find the astronaut in all of us, the person who can do amazing things,” he said.
In 2018, he told Rolling Stone, “I grew up with the prospect of heaven and hell looming more and more,” and despite coming from a religious background, he said that he had questioned some of his beliefs later in life. .
Martin has also described himself as an “alltheist” rather than a follower of any particular religion. Add this to the fact that he was quoted as saying, “I don’t think God is a man in heaven with a gray beard” – and it perhaps shows that he believes in God in a more general sense.
Although Martin has a Christian background and references to religion and spirituality seem to be a recurring theme in the band’s work, Coldplay songs are not always written solely by Martin. Maybe they have religious or spiritual significance, or maybe the band’s more recent hits are more about general positivity – like most art forms, music is open to interpretation. .
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