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Coheed and Cambria perform “A Favor House Atlantic” on DIRECTV’s Guitar Center Sessions

Coheed and Cambria perform “Welcome Home” on DIRECTV’s Guitar Center Sessions

Coheed & Cambria Rig Rundown

Premier Guitar’s Rebecca Dirks catches up with Claudio Sanchez’s guitar tech and Travis Stever for a run-through of the guitars, amps, and effects Coheed & Cambria are using on tour.

Oh, and Gibson Explorer. Coolest. Guitar. Ever.

Coheed & Cambria performs “Dark Side of Me” on Conan on 1/21/2013

This doesn’t happen very often, especially with mid-tempo songs like this, but I like this live version much, much better than the album and video versions.

Good, Bad, Ugly, or Otherwise

Coheed and Cambria - “Domino the Destitute”

We made our beds to lie in them proud,
Proud of our great mistakes

Here’s the new video from the upcoming Coheed and Cambria album The Afterman: Ascension. As one would expect from Claudio Sanchez, the song is a rhythmically complex, lyrically elusive riff-fest, and it makes absolutely no sense at all unless you have some idea of the storyline behind it (which I don’t, by the way). The Afterman is a two-part story arc that will span two albums, the second of which is due in February 2013, and it represents a new storyline in Sanchez’s The Amory Wars tale.

I never even remotely understood the storyline that centered around Claudio Kilgannon and his parents Coheed and Cambria (not that I tried too terribly hard), so I doubt I’ll be able to follow this new one either. That’s alright with me; I’ll just focus on the music.


Please Accept This As My Resignation

Coheed & Cambria - “Sentry the Defiant”

What was it about Valentine’s Day (and the few days surrounding it) that made so many bands show its fans some love this year? Ginger did it. The Mars Volta did it. And I just found out that Coheed & Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez did it, too—released new music that is.

Sanchez fired up his guitar cam to give us all an acoustic sneak peek at the new song he is working on for the band’s as yet untitled sixth album. The song is “Sentry the Defiant,” and the Coheed frontman says of the video version on the band’s YouTube channel, “This is literally the first time I played the song through in its entirety.” It will come as no surprise that the new release will be another concept album—does Claudio do anything else?—and will be another Amory Wars prequel set further in the past and “will hint and influence the pre-existing saga.”

My first impressions of the song? Freakin’ awesome. And how low can you tune an acoustic guitar before the strings go all flappy on you?


Come What May

Coheed and Cambria - “Blood Red Summer”

Seeing “Blood Red Summer” on MTV some years back—it was Headbangers Ball if I’m not mistaken—was my introduction to the band Coheed and Cambria. The video’s plot has absolutely nothing to do with the song’s lyrics, which are based on frontman Claudio Sanchez’ elaborate story The Amory Wars (and from which the band derived its name and is the focal point of its music), but toward the end, amid Claudio’s cries of “What did I do to deserve this?” you might begin to believe the song could actually be about defending yourself in a wilderness encampment from your friends who have turned into red-eyed zombie-like creatures. Maybe that’s the point?


A Rush And A Push

The A.V. Club Undercover is a video series run by The Onion’s A.V. Club where they invite 25 bands to come into their offices to cover a list of songs by artists that run the gamut from Hall & Oates to Pink Floyd, from The Beach Boys to The Rolling Stones, and from Depeche Mode to Nirvana. This week’s episode features Coheed & Cambria covering “A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours” by The Smiths. To give you an idea of what you’re dealing with in the A.V. Club, here’s their tagline for this episode:

The progressive-rocking New Yorkers strip way down and get gentle with The Smiths.

Not being familiar with the original song (and not being a super-huge Smiths fan to boot), I went out to give it a listen so that I could compare the two fairly:

Coheed turns what was largely a synth-based (and is that a glockenspiel?!) affair into a two-man acoustic guitar ballad. Also gone are Morrissey’s punchy, upbeat delivery and quirky sense of humor, replaced by the emotional, almost fervent pleading of Coheed founder Claudio Sanchez.

For some reason, this change really set off the A.V. Club fanboys. If you are up for a good time—and you are willing to throw away precious moments of your life that you will never get back—go and read the cooler-than-you hipsters whine in the comments threads about how bad the cover is, about how much they hate Coheed & Cambria, and about how much Sanchez looks like a metal guy. Here’s my favorite so far:

When the singer got to the line, “And people who are uglier than you and I”, it did make me pause and wonder if such people actually exist.

One of the things I personally look for in a good cover song is enough resemblance to the original that it is recognizable mixed with enough of a difference to keep it interesting, which, if you think about it, is no small task. And I think Coheed does an admirable job at it.

Talk amongst yourselves …

This Is Not Your Playground, It’s My Heart

Coheed and Cambria is one of those bands that I have an on-again, off-again “music crush” on. Their music is heavy and progressive—although founder, vocalist, and guitarist Claudio Sanchez bristles at the term—with an epic nature that is alternately dark and lively depending on the needs of the song, all while maintaining an unorthodox structure and eccentricity that intrigues me. Why is it that I’m drawn to these kinds of bands?!

Despite the attraction, I’ve never been able to fully grasp the intricate sci-fi storyline of the Coheed albums, all of which are based on a comic book series called The Amory Wars written by Sanchez, who even named the band after two of the story’s main characters. One of the reasons may be that while each of the albums represents a part of the narrative, they were released in such a way that the plot is revealed out of sequence. Being concept albums, naturally there are songs that I don’t particularly care for (heck, I didn’t like every track on side one of Rush’s 2112), but for the most part I’m a fan of the band’s body of work.

Coheed and Cambria’s latest release Year of the Black Rainbow is the prequel to The Amory Wars saga and is a bit of a departure from their previous releases, more atmospheric with catchier, more concise songs. The first single “Here We Are Juggernaut” is a good example of all the things I like about Coheed. It is intense and melodic and catchy as all get-out. Originally written as a song about his relationship with his wife, Sanchez says the song has become more a statement about Coheed and Cambria (the band, not the characters; see how complicated this could get?!).

And Claudio plays a Gibson Explorer. I mean, what’s not to like about that?!

Coheed and Cambria - Here We Are Juggernaut

People are under this assumption that we’re purposefully trying to be confusing.
Coheed and Cambria founder Claudio Sanchez, Guitar World, July 2010