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The Star Wars of Music

February 6, 2009

I’ve been thinking more about the whole album vs singles debate and the idea of the concept album.

Coheed and Cambria takes the whole idea of the concept album to George Lucas levels. This pop-prog-rock first got people’s attention with their Geddy Lee like lead vocals. Bursting out of the punk scene, this band stood out from the rest of the Taking Back Sunday sound a-like bands.

Besides the catchy prog rock tunes and high-pitched vocals, what really makes this band interesting is that their albums are parts of a larger story. Each song reveals more of the story. Each song is vital for knowing the whole story. They are connected.

Here is a sample of the plot-line from

Coheed and Cambria are actually a married couple who attempted to kill their own children, with three of the four winding up dead. The lucky one, Claudio, fled into hiding. Because of a serum injected into his bloodstream years ago, Coheed transformed into the Monstar after gazing at his wife on another planet. Although he’s evil, Monstar has the ability to either save or destroy the universe, which is on the brink of disaster following the disarray of the keywork, a beam of energy that sustains the planets…”

It’s an epic creative adventure brought to you by a band. It’s rare to see this happen.

They even put out graphic novels which visually tell the story that’s going on in the album.  What’s even more star wars about the band is that their first album is really the middle of the story. The beginning is found on later albums.

You may or not dig the band’s music itself, but you gotta admit that’s pretty cool.  It makes the idea of the album much more interesting.  The album becomes more of an art form itself.

It’s obviously the music that created their growing base of fans, but I bet they’ve created a lot of HARDCORE fans because of the story.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2009 3:11 am

    Oh god dude I used to be so into them. Such an elaborate story, and it’s actually pretty damn cool. The story behind the Mars Volta’s first album, Deloused in the Comatorium, is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard. They even made a book from it. It’s the hardest read I’ve ever attempted, but so worth it.

  2. February 6, 2009 9:13 pm

    Mars Volta is another band who does their own thing. Just a creative explosion of madness really.

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