Coheed & Cambria Rock! At Least, I Think So… by Joseph


Four months into my tour of duty in Iraq, I received a care package from my twin brother, James. He and I have a tense love/hate relationship. Enclosed were a variety of CD’s. Now, here I am, four months in the shit, sick and tired of the sand, the sight and smell of the dead and dying, the constant threat of death/explosions/gunfire, and a feeling of being strung the fuck out. My brother and I have never seen eye to eye musically, so, in a resigned way, I randomly plucked a CD from the box (In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3), placed it in my worn out CD Walkman (which was battered and half working from vast amounts of sand), randomly selected a track (#4- “Three Evils”), and I was blown away. I made it a point to listen to the entire album, restarting from the first track, then backtracking to the first album, marveling at the sheer variety of musical tone; they went from punk to lyrical, emotional metal, to a poppy in-between. At first, I was baffled. How could I, a classic rock aficionado, be intrigued, nay titillated, by this amalgam of punk/metal/pop/rock? Besides the awesome guitar and bass work, and the most stunning vocal work by a fat man I have ever heard, there was also the fact that there was a underlying space opera story in the lyrics. I soon found myself picking tracks to sync up with desperate moments in my war torn life. If I needed something to psych myself up before riding out in a convoy, I might play in my head (since I couldn’t bring a Walkman with me) “Hearshot Kid Disaster” or “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3” (the track of the same name off of the same album). If I needed something to perk me up after a particularly nasty day, I would crank “God Send Conspirator” or “A Favor House Atlantic.” This trend continued into my post-Iraq life. It was not uncommon to hear me blasting Coheed & Cambria during my drunken ragers at all hours of the day. As soon as Good Apollo, I’m burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness came out, I bought it and was once again amazed at the variety of musical styling. Regretfully, this is a musical journey left unfinished, as I have been broke as a joke for quite a while and have not been able to purchase Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow or Year of the Black Rainbow. As for concerts, I have no input, as I can’t bring myself to go to a concert. I see myself as too out of place to go. I would stick out like a sore thumb, like an overprotective father tailing his kid. One of these days, I will overcome my self-deprecating limitations and attend a show. All in all, Coheed & Cambria have taught me to expand my musical horizons. Were it not for them, I would never have looked past classic rock, metal, and country rock. The moral of the story would be to always keep a open mind.

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5 Responses to “Coheed & Cambria Rock! At Least, I Think So… by Joseph”

  1. Mate.. you need a friend to go to coheed live with, and you will find many of us! ( single mum, 41, wales) .. seen them twice.. they r not a band for teenagers only! Good luck with everything you endeavour, remember we can do anything:)

  2. Awesome story dude 🙂 Also if you get the chance, do go and see them no matter what. They barely tour here in the UK and I’ve only seen them once and that was a support slot last year ;[ Good luck 🙂

  3. sebastian Says:

    bro, ALLLLL kinds of people see coheed lives. I say, go see ’em, you will NOT be sorry.

    PS: They were my first concert ever (3 years ago) now i’ve seen them 4 times and keep updated for upcoming tour dates.

  4. The crowd at a Coheed show is generally one of the most diverse groups of concertgoers you will ever encounter. In the numerous shows I have seen, the age range seems to be from 5 years old to 60, with people of all races and backgrounds and cultures. Everyone is welcome, so please don’t let that stop you.

    I also wanted to mention that I was very inspired by your story. If you hadn’t noticed, the official fansite Cobalt and Calcium posted a link to this blog on Twitter, and Coheed retweeted it (if that sort of thing makes you feel good – just thought you should know). You are appreciated by them and by us, the fans. Thank you for your service.

  5. mattstorm Says:

    Thank you so much all! Joseph worked very hard on this article and he and I are both glad you enjoyed it!

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