After a successful run on this summer's Vans Warped Tour, the members of Coheed & Cambria are approaching their upcoming 30-date headlining tour with nervous energy. The trek begins tomorrow (Oct.
After a successful run on this summer's Vans Warped Tour, the members of Coheed & Cambria are approaching their upcoming 30-date headlining tour with nervous energy. The trek begins tomorrow (Oct. 9) in Richmond, Va.
"We have never rehearsed for a tour before but we scheduled five days of rehearsal with the light [show] going," singer/visionary Claudio Sanchez tells Billboard.com. "It's going to be a long set, almost an hour-and-a-half. It's going to be pretty brutal."
It's been an important year for the Upstate New York quartet, which released its most recent album, "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3" in the fall of 2003 and signed with Columbia Records this spring. With a major label now behind the alternative-metal band and radio/MTV embracing its debut single, "A Favor House Atlantic," Coheed & Cambria recently released its first comic book, which further serializes the story arcs from its albums.
"The book is actually the first of a six-part series for the first record, 'The Second Stage Turbine Blade,'" says Sanchez of the band's 2002 Equal Vision debut. "Lyrically, the records are a little vague for the listeners to grab the whole concept. It's kind of hard to really decipher what is going on from the record, and we kind of do that because we understand that not everybody is into concept records. People want a record just to listen to rock music but there is enough in the record for those who want to inquire too."
While the current comic book is available both online and at shows, Sanchez says he expects the run to sell out a few dates into the new tour. However, the second volume is already in motion, tentatively scheduled for a late winter release date.
In the meantime, the band is preparing to release its next single/video, "Blood Red Summer," and begin recording its next studio disc. Titled "Good Apollo: I'm Burning Star IV; Vol. One From Fear Through the Eyes of Men," the album is the first of a two-part series and is expected be in stores by mid-2005.
"We have a record's worth of material," says Sanchez. "We just have to arrange it as a band. I usually do a lot of writing on the road or at home. And I just put it down on digital eight track, so there is like an acoustic version of the record but the band still has to create their parts around it."