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Coheed And Cambria Biography

Last updated: 11/30/2013 06:17:50 AM

Claudio Sanchez - lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, synth
Travis Stever - guitars, lap steel, vocals
Michael Todd - bass, vocals
Chris Pennie - drums, percussion

Coheed and Cambria Biography

It would be hard to find a band with grander artistic scope than Coheed and Cambria. Over the course of six years and four groundbreaking albums, the New York foursome (Claudio Sanchez – vocals, guitar; Travis Stever – guitar; Michael Todd – bass; Chris Pennie – drums) has diligently developed a unique sound combining forward-thinking classic rock with strong pop sensibilities and intricate musicianship. Simultaneously, through his lyrics and comics, Sanchez has created a celebrated epic alternate universe called The Amory Wars, in which lies an ongoing conceptual tale that gains depth and complexity with each and every record.

With the band’s latest creation, the euphoric No World For Tomorrow, we arrive at the final chapter in the saga of Claudio Kilgannon, the story’s main character, who is out to avenge the death of his parents (Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon). While the story is set to reach its destructive end with NWFT, the band reveals their next album will be a prequel to the saga.

Concept aside, the latest offering is Sanchez’s and the band’s most personal document yet, with various emotionally charged events of the last year dictating the direction of the writing process. The result is the most brilliant culmination of Coheed and Cambria’s musical and literary vision to date.

Formed in 2001, Coheed and Cambria came storming out of the indie-rock gates with the release of their first album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, on Equal Vision Records. Endless touring and progressive, hook-laden songs like “Delirium Trigger” and “Devil in Jersey City” led to the rapid development of the band’s early fan base.

The follow-up, 2003’s In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, was certified RIAA gold on the strength of the group’s ongoing intense touring schedule and the hit singles “Blood Red Summer” and “A Favor House Atlantic.” The band emerged as a tour de force, embraced not only by their now fanatical fans, but also by radio, press and MTV.

2005’s Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness, the band’s first for Columbia Records, reached #7 on the Billboard Top 200. It was also a critical juggernaut, being named one of the “Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time” by Guitar World, while Rock Sound awarded it “Album of the Year.” Coheed’s knack for writing indelible songs, such as “Welcome Home,” and “The Suffering” combined with monolithically powerful album tracks and the band’s heavy follow through, secured their status as a massive live draw and presence around the world.

However, the wheels were falling off the wagon.

Fitting its title, No World For Tomorrow was born out of huge uncertainty. June, 2006 saw the departure of half the band; drummer Josh Eppard and bassist Michael Todd left under somewhat cloudy circumstances. “A lot of what this record is about has to do with the events of the past two years.” quipped Sanchez. “It got to the point where Travis and I thought there might not be a tomorrow for Coheed as a band.”

Deep in turmoil and unsure of the future, Sanchez and Stever decided to keep the band together and make a new record. Fortunately, by the time they were ready to go into the studio, bassist Todd rejoined and producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Stone Sour) helped secure Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins to play drums on NWFT. “Taylor was a creative and powerful force in the studio,” remarked Sanchez. “His amazing personality was the positive reinforcement we needed to see this vision through.”

Nietzsche’s line, “That which doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger,” seems like it could have been coined for this situation…. After everything Sanchez, Stever and Todd have been through, they could have packed it in… instead, they delivered the album of their lives.

Thanks to alliott, for submitting the biography.