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    This is from the DT Weekend, a part of the University of Texas at Austin newspaper. I don't know how many Longhorns there are on Cobalt but I figured ya'll would like to read this.

    http://www.dtweekend.com/issues/story.php?story=201004


    Coheed and Cambria journey into space and solos

    By Ramon Ramirez

    Photo Courtesy of Big Hassle
    Left to right: Chriss Pennie, Travis Stever, Claudio Sanchez and Michael Todd play under the name Coheed and Cambria. The band is named for two central figures whose story is told on the group’s various albums.



    Coheed and Cambria are dead.
    No, seriously.
    Coheed and Cambria are central figures in an elaborate, sweeping science fiction epic invented in the labyrinth mind of Claudio Sanchez, who is the singer and guitar player for Coheed and Cambria, a popular, shred-heavy, prog-oriented rock band based out of New York.
    But Coheed and Cambria, the characters, died at the outset of the tale. Each album since 2002’s The Second Stage Turbine Blade is about their son avenging his parent’s death.
    “Yeah, the comics are supposed to clear everything up,” said guitarist Travis Stever, who, contrary to popular belief, isn’t all that into science fiction. “It’s just how Claudio chooses to write his lyrics, his style; but a lot of the things are really personal narratives, and confusing unless you know the personal history, despite the fact they’re wrapped in a fictitious story.”
    Here’s a prime example: Coheed’s latest, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow, fresh on the heels of 2005’s open-ended, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness, is dedicated and shaped by the untimely death of Antonia Cristiano, Sanchez’s aunt. There’s nothing intergalactic about this sobering bit of real life, especially when said loss comes at the hands of Alzheimer’s. Cristiano was a psychologist who helped the band stay together when confronted with early career failure; she inspired “Justice in Murder,” a vital track on the new record. This personal, relatable, inserted emotion helps Coheed’s audience expand beyond the Comic-Con crowd.
    Like many of you, I’ve been down with Coheed and Cambria since 2003’s In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, and its gorgeously aching, infectious single, “A Favor House Atlantic,” vaulted the quartet onto the national radar through its arena-tailored theatrics and major label funding. And like many Coheed enthusiasts, I could care less about the band’s embedded, progressing, inter-galactic tale. Travis Stever is just fine with this. He prefers it, in fact.
    “We want people to think about us as a band first and foremost,” he says. “The comics and graphic novel are resources for bigger fans who want to dig deeper, but we don’t care if you aren’t into the concept.”
    Also, the high concept chronology of the albums has its limitations. For example, recreating the works live, even now that Coheed is in possession of the material resources with which to fully manifest their vision, is a tall order. The linear, cinematic experience of their albums simply can’t translate into an hour-plus set list.
    “The set list is just about making the crowd happy,” Stever said. “This time around we have cool props, there’s a visual aspect tied into the album art, but we just play the songs we have fun playing.”
    As the band evolves, it seems to become a question of whether or not they’ll become a victim of their own ambition. To begin with, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow concludes the story. A prequel centered on Coheed and Cambria’s early years is planned, but then what?
    “It could go a number of different ways,” said Stever. “There’s so many untapped resources in the mythology that Claudio developed in the Coheed universe. Hell, we might just release a rock record.”
    That may also be a problem. While the respective members are constantly fighting the notion that they “all love comics and shit and sit around playing ‘D&D,’” their longtime bassist and drummer departed last year. Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters filled in for the No World for Tomorrow sessions, and the technically virtuous collective is still working to build up a chemistry with the newbies. The immediate future is uncertain, to say the least. And from speaking with Travis, inner dissent regarding Claudio’s vision could become a recurring issue as side projects pop up left and right. Stever himself has two other bands.
    “We’ve had some rough trials and tribulations lately,” Stever said. “I’ve known Claudio since we were 12, the ideas have always been there; we all respect that he’s the storyteller as the lyricist. We all decided to keep going.”
    Where exactly Coheed trucks onto from here is anybody’s guess, but it’ll probably involve outer space, lots of hair and face melting guitar solos.

    The Where & The When
    Coheed and Cambria

    Waterloo Park
    Saturday, 5 p.m.

    DT Weekend is the weekly entertainment magazine of The Daily Texan
    Copyright (c) 2007 The Daily Texan and Texas Student Media. All Rights Reserved.
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    hmm... that was interesting.
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    neat
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    I actually liked this interview ;)
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    Thanks for the find.

    However, this really didn't tell us anything we didn't already know.
    Would anyone like a banger in the mouth?
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    This article made me realize something.....I've been listening to FFTEM for two years straight!! Whoa....time flies when you have good music. This is a really good question : "as the band evolves, it seems to become a question of whether or not they’ll become a victim of their own ambition"....Holy shit that's scary..this journalist is a dick.
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    i liked that interview. im am a little scared of what coheed is gunna do after the prequel album. i mean i know its gunna be awsome, its just scary cuz i dont know where its gunna go, you know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alex and her killer View Post
    i liked that interview. im am a little scared of what coheed is gunna do after the prequel album. i mean i know its gunna be awsome, its just scary cuz i dont know where its gunna go, you know?
    Honestly, as long as the guys keep producing works, I don't care where they venture, just stay in my Vishual and keep expressing their talents, these are men worthy of immortalization.
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    Thank you for the find!
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    While the respective members are constantly fighting the notion that they “all love comics and shit and sit around playing ‘D&D,’” their longtime bassist and drummer departed last year. Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters filled in for the No World for Tomorrow sessions, and the technically virtuous collective is still working to build up a chemistry with the newbies.
    Kinda makes it sound like they have two new members since it doesn't state that Mic came back. Maybe he meant the issue with Taylor Hawkins and Chris Pennie?
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    I so want Coheed to drop the concept after the prequel, it's becoming a huge gimmick. There wasn't a single question in there about the music, just about the damned concept. Poor Travis...
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    yeah poor poor travis interviewers need more q's about the music since thats travis end not the concept but o well i think travis handled it well and i like seeing interviews with travis beign that most interviews on tv and such are with claudio and mic doing the talking.
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