Coheed and Cambria perform at Revolution Wednesday.
COHEED AND CAMBRIA
8:30 p.m. Revolution. $28 adv., $30 day of.
Having a complex, long-running sci-fi storyline as the core of your band's concept albums is part of a grand tradition in a certain batty, literate corner of prog rock, from wooly '70s weirdos like Gong and Magma and Hawkwind up through '00s nutters such as The Mars Volta. Speaking of Mars Volta, if you thought they had some crazy multi-part concept albums, you have got to check out Coheed and Cambria
These guys arguably have taken the idea further than any of their peers, with something like eight or 10 albums telling the tale of "The Amory Wars," which concerns a system of planets called Heaven's Fence. It's written by the band's frontman Claudio Sanchez (not the dude from NPR) and has been turned into a comic book series and a novel. It's about a couple named Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon, and Coheed can turn his arm into a gun or a blade but he's got this virus that turns him into a monster so his wife (Cambria, who's clairvoyant) has to kill him to save Earth III, but then she kills herself and then their son Claudio Kilgannon teams up with his uncle (who's not really his uncle?) so they can destroy the planet system but then he runs into Ambellina, a Prise whose purpose is to tell Claudio that he's actually The Crowning, the messiah who's gonna save everything or something. I don't know, there's approximately 1.4 billion other things going on too and it all seems a bit like "Dune" by way of Henry Darger, only more complicated.
But you know what? That's awesome, and it's such a welcome antidote to the typical band-dude approach of "uh, man, I don't know, I guess we're gonna write some songs about like normal stuff until we get 10 or 12 of 'em and then we'll put them on an album and then do that over and over again until most of us get married and have kids and finally realize we can't support our families doing this shit and then we break up."
Anyway, yeah, Coheed and Cambria. Without a doubt, this will be one of the more interesting shows of the year. Openers at this all-ages affair are Balance and Composure
and I The Mighty