oldplay swerves hard into a more politically grim and sonically robust arrangement for the band’s latest single “Guns,” a snippet of which was released today (Nov. 6) on their Instagram.
Creative director Diane Martel aimed at the American gun control debate, by designing the single’s animated album artwork to replicate a pistol target.
“Here’s a preview of Guns – the opening track on the Sunset half of Everyday Life,” Coldplay wrote for the caption.
The 30-second snippet unveils the song’s poignant lyrics and folk-rock tune, as lead singer Chris Martin demands in the verse and chorus, “Take it from the playgrounds and take it from the bums/ Take it from the hospitals and squeeze it from the slums/ All the kids make pistols with their fingers and their thumbs/ Advertise a revolution/ Arm it when it comes/ We’re cooking up the zeroes/ We’ve been doing all the sums/ The judgment of this court is/ We need more guns.”
“Guns” is shaping up to be quite a contrast to the airy singles released ahead of their double-album Everyday Life.
Listen to part of the solemn track below.