Coheed and Cambria
March 8, 2016
It was your typical Tuesday night at the Fillmore, except the place was so packed, there was barely room to hold a drink. Coheed and Cambria fans showed out, waiting two hours and enduring three other bands because of their undying love for four musicians. Few groups could pack a house like this two decades into their career, but Coheed and Cambria can.
Coheed and Cambria hail from Nyack, New York, and formed in 1995. During their run they’ve amassed a massive musical catalogue that has touched on every genre from progressive rock and heavy metal to post hardcore and, now, elements of pop. They’ve spent their career writing concept albums based on a science fiction storyline called The Amory Wars, written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez, but for their newest album, they switched up their sound. Their latest, The Color Before the Sun
, was released in October, and is an almost abrupt departure from their usual work. One, because it’s their first non-concept album; two, because it has a noticeably poppy, upbeat sound than the dark rock opera they usually.
Seeing them tour the new material for the first time, it’s like they created the new songs for the purpose of the live performance, not the other way around. Coheed has always been theatrical rockers, fully embracing lighting and pyrotechnics as the backdrop to their heavy rock sound, but even the tone of the stage effects is lighter.