Dec. 11, 2003

Coheed and Cambria Is “Silent” Regarding ‘Emo’

By Randy J. Klodz

The words Coheed and Cambria may sound like two separate entities, but indeed they comprise the moniker for a rock band from upstate New York. Coheed and Cambria will be making its only Chicago appearance on Dec.12, at the House of Blues.

Coheed and Cambria—which includes Claudio Sanchez (vocals, guitar), Travis Stever (guitar), Michael Todd (bass) and Josh Eppard (drums)—has been slowly attracting the eyes of the press, most of which seems to slap the vague “emo” label on the band’s style of music, something even the band’s members can’t explain.

“I don’t really know what it is,” said Coheed and Cambria’s 23-year-old bassist Michael Todd of “emo.” “I don’t get it. It’s just kind of there; people seem to make such a huge deal out of it, but it will go away—I hope.”

The term “emo” is often applied to bands which have emotional-filled lyrics. Currently, artists such as Dashboard Confessional and Bright Eyes are touted as “emo,” mostly because of the pain-filled—what many could call “sappy”—lyrical content. But Coheed and Cambria doesn’t do “sappy,” which can be witnessed on the band’s second album “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3,” which hit stores in October.

With song titles like, “Cuts Marked in the March of Men,” “The Velourium Camper III: Al the Killer,” and “Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)” one could assume this band has a keen eye for science fiction, almost making them seem more inclined to be “geeky” than “emo.” Todd admits that members of the band have an affinity for sci-fi, but apparently the liking isn’t as obsessed as some recent press has indicated. “We love Star Wars as much as the next person,” he said, “but we’re not like going to conventions and [stuff].”

After playing a small stage on the Vans Warped Tour this past summer, Coheed and Cambria is one of the first acts to already be confirmed for next year’s tour, which is a good sign for the band since the tour doesn’t start until June or July.

“They must have really liked us. I guess they thought we were entertaining or something, because we were always getting in trouble with security,” Todd said jokingly. “We kind of made ourselves known to the Warped Tour people in a really bad way, inadvertently.” Todd made sure to clarify that the band didn’t do anything illegal or drastic, they just had fun with each other doing minor pranks.

In the meantime, Coheed and Cambria will be appearing at the House of Blues, at 329 N. Dearborn St. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $12 each, with a start time scheduled for 6:15 p.m. For more info on the band log on to www.coheedandcambria.com.

Coheed and Cambria Photo: c/o Nasty Little Man