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20 Years On Coheed And Cambria Still Rock Live | Live Review

When you’ve been in a band for 20 years it’s easy for music to become stagnant – but not in the case of Coheed and Cambria. Here’s what we thought of their latest headline show.

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Source: Gemma Bell

With an abundance of dragonfly tattoos on show it’s clear that, regardless of the excitement from the Glassjaw crowd, it is the headliners who most of us are here to see. Coheed and Cambria don’t tend to tour the UK on a regular basis but with their latest album ‘Color Before the Sun’ coming out last year this tour is well and truly an overdue pleasure. The sense of awe and excitement in the venue is something which we don’t see a lot of when you get the same bands touring two or three times a year.

Opening with a new track shows us how proud of their latest material the band are, and ‘Island’ is met with the same enthusiasm as anything else from the record, testament that the band can still impress people over 20 years’ since their inception. We’ve had since October to learn the lyrics and really connect with the new material, which is a plus. When the track hits the huge chorus we’re shown the true intensity of lead vocalist Claudio Sanchez’ vocals even this early on, and he  manages to transcend the sound of the crowd which is a pretty mean feat.

The whole set tonight is littered with a number of tracks from their latest album and we can hear from every note that they’re born to be played live, and if anything they sound even stronger than their recorded counterparts. This is a theme which runs strong throughout their set, as every track live has the emotional element which can sometimes be lost when music is purely experienced on record. When the band launch into ‘Here to Mars’ you can sense in Claudio’s voice – and probably in his eyes if you could see through all the hair – the emotion behind lyrics “I hope I’m being clear, because there’s no one like you on Earth that can be my universe”.

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Source: Gemma Bell

It isn’t just the vocals and emotion which make Coheed so special live; it’s their showmanship. Claudio has never been an incredibly talkative frontman but what he does say is more than just you’re usual “Are you having a good time?” and “Scream for me”. Throughout the set there’s plenty of guitar playing behind their heads and teeth being used instead of fingers on the strings, proof of just how well they know their own instruments.

The bands fundamental ability to create a catchy pop hook while still being a rock band has undeniable appeal to people with all kinds of musical tastes. With the huge riffs of ‘No World For Tomorrow’ and the nostalgia of ‘33’, it’s clear to see Coheed and Cambria’s musical journey. For the few moments you can actually see Claudio’s face it’s clear that he is enjoying himself every bit as much as we are.

It’s been a while since we’ve been to a show where everyone has felt so united in their love for one single band, so thank you Coheed for bringing us all together, even just for ninety minutes. 

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Source: Gemma Bell

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