Pigeonholed by some listeners as emo after its 2004 disc "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3," prog rock act Coheed & Cambria hopes to distance itself from the pack with the Sept. 20 Columbia r
Pigeonholed by some listeners as emo after its 2004 disc "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3," prog rock act Coheed & Cambria hopes to distance itself from the pack with the Sept. 20 Columbia release of its third studio album, "Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV: Volume 1. From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness."
"I think it's more of a straight-forward sounding Coheed," singer/songwriter/guitarist Claudio Sanchez tells Billboard.com. "The first nine songs of the record are very straightforward and are very smooth. Then when we get to the end of the record, it's a piece called 'The Willing Well,' with four conceptual long tracks. There's a song on it that is called 'The Final Cut,' which is very bluesy [and] Pink Floyd sounding."
Additional classic rock-influenced material includes the Zeppelin-esque "Welcome Home" and the Queen-leaning "The Suffering." Sanchez says the band is currently deciding which of the two tracks will be released as the lead single.
Another departure for the New York-based act involves the album's ongoing fictional storyline. Conceptually, the first three-quarters of the project steps outside the story, allowing listeners to experience the writer's perspective. This leads back to "The Willing Well" section, which returns to the sci-fi-like narrative.
While the band has signed on for more than a dozen one-off dates this summer, as well as the possibility of a U.K. trip in late August, Sanchez says a fall Stateside tour is in the works that could see Coheed & Cambria's full multimedia theatrical vision come to the stage.
"What I'm hoping we'll do is definitely incorporate a crazier live show and more of a visual element," Sanchez says. "That really all depends on the money. That [stuff] can be very expensive and I don't know if we are really capable of doing things like that but that's what the band would like to see."
Adding confusion to the already complex band is the fact "Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV: Volume 1. From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness" is actually the first in a two-part album. While the follow-up is already in the works, its street date is easily more than a year away.
"It's hard to say," Sanchez says. "I'll definitely start working on writing it and we'll probably get done in like four or five months. But then recording it is a whole other story."