WORST IS FEARED FOR CHRIS MARTIN & COMPANY
Omaha, NE – Furious Press
The plains are ringing with Scott Morris’ response to the challenge issued recently by Coldplay on their record X&Y. Calling for “rhythmic and harmonic warfare,” Morris is accusing the sensitive Brits of biting sounds he forged two years ago on howie&scott’s album signs.
Morris’ composition “Choose To” was explicitly altered to avoid repeating the 3-3-2 eighth-note pattern on Coldplay’s hit “Clocks”; Scott developed a distinctive 3-2-3 alternative for his work. Imagine his reaction when X&Y‘s first single, “Speed of Sound,” rips its harmonic framework from Coldplay’s own “Clocks” and its rhythmic drive from “Choose To.” “What is it with Coldplay creeping on me?” asked Morris.
The alleged “creeping” doesn’t stop there. On signs, Morris made extensive use of a vintage drum set, removing all the bottom heads of the set’s toms for a unique, deadened sound. It reminded this reporter of old Chicago records. This development was also assimilated by Coldplay for their new album, which features similar-sounding dead toms prominently in several tracks, such as “X&Y”. “I appreciate the recognition,” says Morris, “but this calls for harmonic and rhythmic warfare.”
Sources close to Morris suggest that he fully intends to back up his declaration. Rumors from the Scomo camp in recent days include the possibility of new GILMO tracks, and inclusion on the upcoming holiday compilation from Mr. Furious Records. “This man is nearing the edge,” said a friend of Scott’s who wishes to remain anonymous. “None of us can know what he’ll do next.”
Suffice it to say that the next salvo will be fired at a time and place of Scomo’s choosing, and the chaps in his sights had better watch their backs. Good men and women the world over shiver at the thought of GILMO armed with wave after wave of synth-strings and a boyish falsetto.