Proggy, metallic alt rockers Coheed and Cambria just played Nashville last summer, but you’d be forgiven if you didn’t know that, given it was at the ill-fated Ink N Iron Fest. Their last true headliner came in 2012, in-between the two-part release of The Aftermath: Ascension and The Aftermath: Descension. It’s their latest and eight album, The Color Before the Sun, however, that makes their current tour extra exciting, as it ditches the band’s 15 year-long sci-fi concept saga for straightforward, personal songwriting, to reenergized and refreshing results. And, if that’s not enough, the run, which as we previously announced stops at Marathon Music Works on March 15, also features support from reunited post-hardcore modern legends Glassjaw, prepping to release their first full-length in almost 15 years. I the Mighty and Silver Snakes round out the bill, and tickets can be had right here. We’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan, so enter below and read on for details!
COHEED AND CAMBRIA
Hailing from upstate New York, Coheed and Cambria‘s origins can be traced back two decades, when their pre-Coheed project Shabütie formed in 1995, eventually laying the groundwork and forging the sound that would help propel their explosive debut as C&C, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, to critical indie acclaim in the early ’00s. At first adopting a more conventional post-hardcore sound, Coheed quickly became more experimental, and after the breakout success of their fan-favorite sophomore effort In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, the band jumped to the major label world and fully embraced their classic rock, progressive, and metal tendencies, with commercial smash Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One (even if you don’t think you’ve heard a Coheed track, you’d almost definitely recognize lead single “Welcome Home”). Given their genre-bending sound, the group have found crossover success from various musical communities, sharing the stage with pop punk groups, hardcore acts, and mainstream metal bands. Though originally lumped in more with the punk scene a la Warped Tour, they’ve proven to have much broader commercial appeal and staying power, now with eight LPs, three live albums, and endless high-profile tours to their their name. For most of their existence, Coheed have served as a vehicle for Claudio Sanchez’s science fiction storyline, The Army Wars, pulling their name, album titles, song content, design motif, and more from its concept, which has spilled into comic books, novels, side projects, and more. However, with their latest, The Color Before the Sun, the band have shed this concept for the first time ever, and released an album of personal, sincere, and straightforward songs, abandoning what could be perceived as too high-concept or off-putting, and flexing the strength of their core musicianship. If you’re a long-time Coheed fan, it’s a nice glimpse of the behind behind the two-decade long saga, but, even more excitingly, if you’re a new to the group, it’s a simpler, less daunting jumping off point, that happens to be a refreshingly great album to boot. A powerhouse live act, this is the most exciting chance to see Coheed and Cambria in years.
Seminal Long Island post-hardcore band Glassjaw haven’t released a proper full-length since 2002 sophomore effort Worship and Tribute, but that hasn’t stopped longtime fans from speculating when, or if, their long-rumored, highly anticipated third album might finally arrive. Plagued by lineup changes, false starts, obligations to other projects, and singer Daryl Palumbo’s persistent health problems, Glassjaw’s activity over the past decade has been intermittent at best, with a couple of EPs, singles, and tours delivered at just a steady enough pace to keeps fan satiated. When Glassjaw were first announced for this, what appears to be their first Nashville show ever (or at least first in 15+ years), the news had us hoping that might mean new music. Late last year, Palumbo and co. finally delivered, dropping a surprise new single called “New White Extremity,” ahead of a presumed 2016 release for their mythical first album in 14 years. A definite return to form following 2011’s somewhat subdued Coloring Book EP, “New White Extremity” is the loud, angsty, bone-crushing Glassjaw we’ve been jonesing for for many, many years; hear it below. Though Coheed are more than reason enough to catch this show, Glassjaw on the bill make it one of our most anticipated of 2016.
I THE MIGHTY
Clearly directly influenced by Coheed and Cambria, San Francisco’s I the Mighty blend elements of post-hardcore and alternative, incorporating progressive and experimental influences. Signed to Coheed’s former label home of Equal Vision Records, I the Mighty are still more directly linked with the punk scene that C&C have outgrown, touring with acts like Say Anything, letlive., and Set It Off. The group’s third album, Connector, dropped last year, and showcases some of their most focused, earnest, and adventurous songwriting to date.
Celebrating the release of their third album, Saboteur, out on Claudio Sanchez’s own Evil Ink Records, Silver Snakes, like I the Mighty, skew more similar to Coheed’s earlier post-hardcore sound, combining “influences of ‘90’s industrial and elements of doom metal” to form their biting, sludgy, nostalgic style. The LA group add even more variety and originality to this bill, and are well-suited to set the tone for the evening. Show up early and see what they’re all about!
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 18+ to attend, per the show’s age restrictions. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Winner will be announced Thursday, March 10 at 12 p.m. CST, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
Coheed and Cambria, Glassjaw, I The Mighty, and Silver Snakes will perform Tuesday, March 15 at Marathon Music Works. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available for $30-105.