Concert Review: Coheed and Cambria/Thank You Scientist/Silver Snakes

It took nearly ten years to accomplish a feat that had arrived Thursday night: It was my tenth time seeing my favorite band Coheed and Cambria. Ten long years of setlists, lineup changes, and manning our jackhammers, this was a huge moment for me. To think that this concert was centered around their latest album “The Color Before The Sun,” an album previously mentioned on this site as being very underwhelming and a complete change in sound from preceding albums, left me a little anxious. How reliant would Claudio Sanchez and company be on their latest album? Would they surprise everyone and play mainly older material? Regardless, my friend Traci (a fellow Coheed-fanatic) and I anticipated their set.Read More »

Concert Preview: Coheed and Cambria

With only a few dates left before their official tour supporting their latest album “The Color Before The Sun,” prog rockers Coheed and Cambria will be playing at The Observatory – North Park in San Diego this Thursday.

My second concert at The Observatory this year, I mentioned in a previous post how easily I was able to stand in the front row. With a nice little barricade separating me from hundreds of moshers, The Observatory is a great venue to view any concert. Whether up close and center, or farther back in designated mosh-free standing areas, any concert-goer will enjoy their time here. Although the music will not be as heavy as last time, I will again watch myself against the infamously harsh security staff, hoping to evade their wandering eyes.

I plan on making the most of this night because this concert in particular will be special moment for me. Why is that? It’s because this will be my TENTH time seeing Coheed and Cambria live! Having seen them in venues large (San Diego Sports Arena), medium (House of Blues) and small (Soma San Diego), I have seen my fair share of setlists, interacted with many Coheed fans, and have had my toes stepped on repeatedly. How will this concert differ than prior concerts? Crash And Ride Music will be there to share their experiences, and will report live via social media.

In their twelve years together, Coheed and Cambria have released eight albums, seven of them following an elaborate concept-turned-comic book series called The Amory Wars. Consisting of Claudio Sanchez on vocals/guitar, Travis Stever on guitar/vocals, Josh Eppard on drums, and Zach Cooper on bass, Coheed and Cambria have explored their sound over the years, ranging from progressive rock, to pop-punk, to metal. With their most recent album “The Color Before The Sun” being the first album to not follow The Amory Wars story arch, Claudio Sanchez and company have opted to share the most personal of experiences, from moving away, to the birth of children, and accepting where they are in their lives. It is by far a collection of their most personal and direct songs they’ve ever released. Touring with them are Thank You Scientist and Silver Snakes.

Tickets: Ticketweb

When: Thursday, October 29th, 2015 Doors: 7:30pm

Where: The Observatory North Park
2891 University Avenue, San Diego, CA

Cost: $35

Album Review: Coheed and Cambria – The Color Before The Sun

It pains me to write this review, since Coheed and Cambria are so near and dear to my heart. First listening to them on their heavy, jammy, and very proggy album “Good Apollo, Volume I” over ten years ago, my life changed. Seriously, this band has had such a massive impact on my life. Whether it’s the continual lyrical or instrumental recitations, sharing this nearly-unhealthy passion of mine with friends and family, or the fact I don’t go a day without listening to them, Coheed and Cambria have always been one of those bands that’s been there for me. Over the years, though, I could hear subtle and gradual changes in their sound, something I’ve always waved off as a band evolving and gaining new perspective. But their latest album “The Color Before The Sun,” which will be released Friday but is available for stream now, is the furthest step away from the band I’ve grown to love.Read More »

Top 5: Best Coheed and Cambria Songs

Behold, the birth of a new segment on the website.

Crash And Ride Music is going to introduce occasional Top 5 segments in hopes that we will rattle some cages and hear your opinions of some of my favorite songs. Or maybe your opinions will match our own. 

Coheed and Cambria is a band that has evolved so much over the span of their careers. It’s kind of hard to pick which of their many songs is best. Some listeners might like their more radio-friendly hits, and others might like the longer epics. Nonetheless, C&RM has attempted to pin down those noteworthy songs and determine which are the best.

Without further ado, C&RM’s Top 5 Best Coheed and Cambria songs:

5. “Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute”

The first epic off their double album “The Afterman,” “Domino” is inspired by the loss of their former bassist Mic Todd. You can feel the anger and resentment towards him in this song. 

4. “Time Consumer”

The first non-instrumental track on “Second Stage,” I believe it is the most passionate song on that album. 

3. “Welcome Home”

Come on, it’s one of the most well known songs they’ve ever released!

2. “In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3”

The fourth opening track on list, I imagine most people will have this at number one. On a related note, Coheed really knows how to start an album off. 

1. “The Willing Well: V – The Final Cut”

If you’ve ever been to a live Coheed concert when promoting the album “The Final Cut” is on, then you know what I’m talking about. The video above is proof. 

So there you go, the Top 5 Coheed and Cambria songs. Do you agree? What is YOUR top 5?

Single Review: Coheed and Cambria – You Got Spirit, Kid

So I normally don’t do this, but today is a special occasion. I found out this morning that my favorite band Coheed and Cambria will release a new album in October called “The Color Before The Sun.” On top of that, they released the first single off their album, “You Got Spirit, Kid.” This is big news for those Children of the Fence like me, so I felt inclined to review this single, even though I have only reviewed whole albums in the past.

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Coheed and Cambria – Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume I: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness

This next album is a definite “must listen” to all who read this post. It is by my all time favorite band: Coheed and Cambria.

As I was driving through the wilderness over the weekend, I came across a thought. I couldn’t help but think that Coheed and Cambria has the best following than any other rock band today. I cannot think of many friends or acquaintances of mine who could answer this ridiculously easy questions: “Who’s your favorite band/artist?” So many times I’ve heard “Well, I like bands A, B, and C, but I also like bands X, Y, and Z.” The fan base that follows Coheed and Cambria is so strong and unique that their response to my question would simply be laughter. Coheed and Cambria are not only a band to these fans, but a way of life. There are webpages among webpages (like herehere, and here) strictly related to Coheed and Cambria’s music, story, comics, and fandom. Heck, fans have even nicknamed themselves based on a lyric in the band’s songs and story: “Children of the Fence.” There is no fan base like Coheed’s, and I am proud to be considered one of them.

Of the albums that are most played on my iTunes Library, the one that is played the most is “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume I: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness.” This 15 song, 72 minute epic with a mouth-full of a title contains what I believe to be Coheed at their best. The precision behind each drumbeat delivered by Josh Eppard, the variety of bass lines brought by bassist Michael Todd, the range of frontman Claudio Sanchez’s falsetto vocals, the extent of guitar brilliance brought by both Claudio Sanchez and Travis Stever, and the story behind this epic masterpiece are only some of the reasons why this is a “must listen.” I could literally talk about this album alone for hours, but because of length and time constraints, I will not give too much back story of this band. For more information, you can visit one of the previously mentioned websites.

At this point in their career, the band has moved away from their alternative/emo rock sound, and has gone in the direction of progressive rock. Citing influences of Iron Maiden and Pink Floyd, Coheed and Cambria created a solid album in “Good Apollo, Volume I”, one that delivers a performance that is difficult to be matched. This album contains some of Coheed’s most well-known songs, including “Welcome Home,” “The Suffering,” “Wake Up,” and “The Willing Well: IV – The Final Cut,” a song laden with guitar solos and groovy drums that our rock forefathers would be proud of. Live versions of this song expand the outro into a 20 minute masterpiece, comprising of duel guitar, individual instrument solos, and new devices of sound manipulation to humor the audience, ranging from violin bows to theremins. The album features 15 total songs, each an integral part to the album and story. Even their lesser known songs have great moments of lyrical genius, marvelous bass guitar, and ballad-like guitar riffs. My favorite underplayed song off this album is “Mother May I,” with its clean guitar, time signature changes, and passionate singing.

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It is hard to choose my favorite aspect of this album, but I feel I must speak a little of the powerful voice and lyrics of this album. Every time I play this album (or any of their albums for that matter), I feel a rush, a sense of heightened musical awareness. I not only hear each word spoken by Claudio Sanchez, but feel what he says. I feel like I know not only what he says, but why he chose those words to say. Since each Coheed and Cambria album revolves around a concept called “The Amory Wars,” I feel like I know each character in the story, what each is going through, their strengths, their weaknesses, and their fears. The main character in this album, The Writer, struggles with reality as he sways from sanity to insanity, driven by fear and hope. I feel the mood sway between each song as The Writer struggles with his own personal demons. I cannot unconsciously listen to this album, because from the moment I push play, I am instantly grabbed and pulled by the mood and setting the band lays out throughout the album.

I urge everyone who reads this to listen to “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume I: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness.” This album has a little of everything, from influences of mainstream pop, to alternative rock, to classic rock, to neo-prog. It is the perfect album to use to introduce to someone who has never heard them before. For those who love rock music at all, please listen to this album and support this band.

Watch this live footage for their hit song “Welcome Home”: