No Need to Follow Coheed And Cambria Story To Get The Music
Coheed and Cambria mainman Claudio Sanchez insists his band’s music is easily accessible for those who haven’t followed its career-long story arc.
Their six-album career and accompanying comics and novels charts the history of the Amory Wars, starting with the lives of the characters from which the band takes its name, and now continuing with The Afterman: Ascension, focusing on the adventures of Sirius Amory – whose saga continues in next year’s release The Afterman: Descension.
But despite creating an epic storyline, Sanchez says most of his words are inspired by day-to-day moments anyone can understand.
He tells Rolling Stone: “A lot of the songs are universal. Everyday experience is what motivates the fiction. It’s not like the lyrics are submerged into the concept – it’s coming from a more open angle.”
He cites the example of album opened Goodnight Fair Lady: “It was my wife and I sitting at a bar and there’s a guy at the end of the bar. I couldn’t help but think, ‘What if he’s a date rapist? What if all of a sudden a spotlight fell on this guy and he was suddenly singing about his sinister intention?’”
In Vic The Butcher Sanchez relates a near-violent incident at Madison Square Garden in New York: “I went to see a show and I got into an altercation. It was escalated to the point where it could be physical. I could hear people calling out: ‘Coheed!’ I knew if I didn’t leave that something was going to happen.”
Another theme is the concept of loss – especially Sanchez losing his wife. “Being lost, should that ever ultimately happen – that’s a big theme through both records,” he admits.
But despite that, he says Coheed and Cambria are in a particularly positive state of mind, having welcomed back drummer Josh Eppard and hired bassist Zach Cooper after sacking Michael Todd after he staged a bomb-scare drugs heist while on tour with the band.
And he believes there’s much more to come from the band and their storyline. “I wouldn’t consider it without a concept,” says Sanchez. “For me as a writer it opened up more in terms of the songwriting. I can take these songs and morph them into something more wild – and I find that really rewarding.
“Even now I have ideas about how to continue the story and how it will grow into something that continues the mythology. I want it to grow as large as I can get it.”
Coheed and Cambria UK Tour
08/11: London, Koko
09/11: Glasgow, ABC1
11/11: Birmingham, O2 Academy
12/11: Manchester, The HMV Ritz