Coheed & Cambria Gets Accessible On New CD

After two of its rhythm section members left the band in 2006, Coheed & Cambria came close to calling it quits, according to frontman Claudio Sanchez.

After two of its rhythm section members left the band in 2006, Coheed & Cambria came close to calling it quits, according to frontman Claudio Sanchez.

"That's really why we named the new album 'No Word For Tomorrow,'" Sanchez says of the group's new album, due Oct. 23 via Columbia. "It has its place in the concept, but for a moment there Travis (Stever, guitarist) and myself felt that this band wasn't going to move forward due to losing half of us. There was a moment of doubt."

A major turning point for Sanchez came exactly a year ago when he was asked to write two songs for possible soundtrack inclusion. While the material in question ultimately didn't make it onto the "Transformers" and "Ghost Rider" projects, the singer felt new life in Coheed & Cambria.

"I kept finding myself trying to figure out a way to work those songs within the concept of Coheed & Cambria," Sanchez says. "I knew there was a very good possibility they wouldn't make the soundtrack, and when I realized that I was doing that subconsciously, then I knew the band needed to move forward, and then we did."

The result is "No Word For Tomorrow," which Sanchez says is the band's most focused and highly accessible effort to date. "That wasn't a conscious decision on the band's part, but when I listen to it, yeah, it feels that way," he says. "There was certainly a moment for me where I was a little concerned, like 'Oh my God -- this is the record we wrote?' It kind of caught me by surprise."

Departed bassist Michael Todd did return for the project, while Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins held down the kit. Having just returned from Europe, Coheed & Cambria begins a month-long jaunt stateside on Oct. 19 in New York.