By: Annie Licata
Editor in chief
Let’s just get this out of the way. No, Claudio Sanchez’s voice does not sound the same as it does on the album. It’s not as high-pitched, and it’s more of what one might think he sounds like after looking at his Cro-Magnon-like features.
Having taken care of that order of business, we can talk about some other highlights. The sold-out Coheed and Cambria show at The Westcott Theater on Sept. 25 was filled up by the first wave of Josh Eppard’s drumstick. On stage, two naked manikins with X’s taped over their eyes were watching the band members from behind while “No World for Tomorrow” set off the night.
Although Sanchez’s voice may be different, his hair was the same crazy afro that has always lived on his head. It’s hard to see his face when the thing is bashing all around while he plays his Explorer model guitar. Putting it in a ponytail definitely did him a great justice. New bassist Zach Cooper and lead guitarist Travis Stever accompanied Eppard and Sanchez on stage, also doubling as occasional background singers.
Upstage center hangs Coheed’s signature logo, “The Keywork”. It can’t help but signify a long-standing career of nearly 17 years. Did that just make you feel kind of old? Did it bring you back to your 7th grade cafeteria where you were rocking out to “Blood Red Summer”? Maybe that’s just me.
Middle school students all the way up to middle-aged couples — dressed in black, hoodies and commando boots — gave off the progressive punk vibe to be expected at a Coheed show. Some crowd surfing, and a lot of pointing-at-the-band-while-screaming-song-lyrics, explains the extent of excitement during songs. More popular titles like “Ten Speed (of God’s Blood and Burial)” and “The Suffering” became sing-along sessions between Sanchez and the crowd.
Two noteworthy moments included an acoustic session of a new hit off the album The Afterman which brought out the swaying lighters. And the encore, consisting of four songs, once again brought me back to my days as an unruly tween with “Welcome Home” and “A Favor House Atlantic.”
Coheed’s show at The Westcott is one of many in CNY, New England, and the East Coast to promote the new album dropping Oct. 9. The upcoming album is the first with original content since 2010’s Year of the Black Rainbow, their last debut. They are hitting the West Coast, and then it’s back to New York City for a sold-out show at the famous Webster Hall. Opening band 3 will be accompanying them along with the The Dear Hunter, who will be meeting up with Coheed in Worcester, MA.
It’s always good to see bands sell out venues. It says something about the band, but it also says something about the audience, and about live music. Live music is what keeps some bands afloat in this digital age, and audience members who come out for live performances help support the longevity and existence of these artists. All hail live performance! And may the performance gods help bands sell out all of their future shows.