While most emo-punks are content to lament the perils of high school rejection and intone about girls spurning them simply because of their love of eyeliner and black nail polish, Claudio Sanchez is more interested in chronicling the bleak, sci-fi-imbued tragedy of husband and wife Coheed and Cambria.
The album Coheed are recording at the moment at Woodstock, New York’s Applehead Studios with producers Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner picks up where 2003’s In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 left off. Called Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star V – Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness, the Coheed and Cambria mastermind said the record will be the first of two to relay the fourth and final chapter in the Coheed saga.
For the unfamiliar, the Coheed drama — the source material behind the band’s first two records as well as a series of comic books Sanchez has released through his company, Evil Ink — takes place in a mystical world, populated by doomed lovers, a vengeful son and a robot (see “Coheed And Cambria Comic Makes Their Story Simple … Almost” ).
The story revolves around a married couple — Coheed and Cambria — who must sacrifice their brood, sparing the rest of the known universe from the threat of collapse. One of the children, Claudio, manages to escape, and not long after, Coheed transforms into an evil being called the Monstar — thanks to a serum injected into his bloodstream years ago. Ultimately, the ball’s in Monstar’s court when it comes to whether the universe will be crushed or salvaged.
Once Good Apollo and the touring behind it is finished, Sanchez said he’ll get to work on Volume Two, which hasn’t been named yet. And after that album’s a wrap, he said the band will hit the studio to record the conclusion to the series, The Bag On Line Adventures of Coheed and Cambria — the prequel to 2002’s The Second Stage Turbine Blade, which was the band’s first release but the second chapter in the Coheed saga.
“With the past records, the story of Coheed and Cambria is very fictional,” Sanchez explained. “On this record, it takes you for kind of a loop, and we now see the story from the writer’s perspective, and how the writer’s reality is going to affect the outcome of the story. [This record] is probably the most personable Coheed record of them all. There will be songs about things that happen on a normal day for someone that drives them to a point of destroying something they love. And then of course there will be long epics that kind of go back into the concept, and now we see it from the character’s perspective and how the character takes dealing with the writer. It’s like, ’Wow, none of this really exists. It’s just a story and you have to do what the writer says.’ It’s going to be pretty interesting.”
Sanchez said that with Good Apollo, which the band’s been working on since Valentine’s Day and should see release sometime this fall, he’ll simultaneously release a companion graphic novel. So far, Coheed have written the album’s 13 tracks, including the song “Ten Speed of God’s Blood and Burial.”
“The recording process has been different for this album,” he said. “In the past, we usually did it like, we’d record all the drums, we’d record all the bass, the guitars and so on and so forth until we’d get to the vocals and then we’d be done. But with this one, we’ve sectioned it off. We’ve done three or four tracks, and kind of fleshed them out to a point where they’re almost complete. But then there are all the others that’re just sitting and waiting to get tapped. It’s a slicker Coheed, I think. I just can’t wait for it to be finally done, for the story to be told, but it’s so far from being done it’s ridiculous.”