by Sam Mendez
When you think about it, the idea of a band like Coheed and Cambria performing a random collection of its songs is a bit strange. Since the music is conceptual and based on the storywriting of frontman Claudio Sanchez, only performing a certain set (instead of performing an album from front to back) is like only watching the most popular parts of a movie. But despite all that, Coheed and Cambria rocked a
sold out House of Blues last night, which was packed with loyal fans.The dedicated fans were the ones wearing Coheed T-shirts from previous performances, and the really dedicated fans were showing off their Coheed tattoos (there were a lot). Coheed began its set swinging for the fences with power with “No World For Tomorrow” and continued the onslaught of energy with “Gravemakers & Gunslingers.” Sanchez was as lively as ever early on, headbanging frequently and only standing still when he had to sing. It got to the point where he had to tie his hair back by the third song because it was getting in his face too often. The whole set wasn’t a one-dimensional wall of sound, however, and halfway through, Sanchez brought out the acoustic guitar to play “Mother Superior,” which prompted everybody to whip out their lighters and sway. They finished the show with “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth,” where they broke off into a jam session in the middle for a minute or so. They then played “Domino the Destitute” and “A Favor House Atlantic” for the encore.
The night was all about progressive rock/metal, with the band “3” opening the show. The fact that their five (or six) song set featured
songs that bled into each other was a tell-tale sign that they’re indeed progressive rock. 3 impressed the crowd with an exceptional drummer whose drum-fills kept the crowd interested, and a frontman/guitarist whose skills with guitar and singing were uncompromised; his voice was able to sustain long notes, and showed his expertise on guitar by tapping notes throughout an entire song without any screw-ups.
The Dear Hunter performed next, and although they’re a solid band,
they played the slowest set of the night. Because members of the
audience continued to talk during their performance, the choice to
play songs that weren’t energetic backfired.