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Coheed and Cambria looking back, and forward, with new projects

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014

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Coheed and Cambria are in both past and future mode these days.

On Oct. 21 the science fiction-minded hard rockers from New York will release a delayed 20th anniversary edition of its second album, the conceptual 2003's "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3," and are heading out on tour this fall to play the album in its entirety. But at the same time frontman Claudio Sanchez III is busy writing material for the quartet's eighth studio album, the follow-up to 2013's "The Afterman: Descension."

"I've been working on some material for the last year and a half or so when we were living in Brooklyn, which I found kind of inspiring and not so inspiring," says Sanchez, 36, who's relocated to rural upstate New York with his wife and their nine-month-old son. "There's some interesting tunes I wrote down there with a perspective I couldn't necessarily get here in the country.

"It's kind of veering off in a slightly different direction, but it's still Coheed -- not so much a direction as much as a feeling. There's a lot of those ups and downs, and tonality-wise it feels very open."

That project will go no the back burner, however, as Sanchez and company dip into nostalgia with "In Keeping Secrets," which he refers to as "the first time we actually got into a situation where it was going to be a record, whereas the record before (2002's 'The Second Stage Turbine Blade') was very much a series of demos. We were still kind of fresh. We didn't have that professional sort of rock band attitude, and this was the first time we actually got to be kind of conceptual and go into a studio that's got great equipment and really try to hone in on a sound."

The memories are good, in other words, and as much as Coheed tends to be a forward-looking band, Sanchez says he has no reservations about celebrating the past in this regard.

"To be honest, I kind of wanted a copy of it," Sanchez says with a laugh. "After all the moving I've done, I've kind of misplaced a lot of stuff. Some of (the albums) have gone missing. I wanted a good vinyl copy of it, again.

"With anything you do, there's always a moment for reflection where you wish you could've done something differently. I've always loved the idea of rediscovering these records. I was so young when we made ('Silent Earth') and I know so much more and I think I'm a much better musician and writer and everything now. I think short of actually re-recording it, this is the next best thing."

Coheed and Cambria and Thank You Scientist

Tuesday, Sept. 30. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $25-$45.

Call 313-961-5641 or visit www.livenation.com

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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