With the release of Year Of The Black Rainbow in 2010, Coheed and Cambria wrapped up the five-album “Amory Wars” saga with a prequel to the events that take place in the “Second Stage Turbine Blade” story (which has also been released as a series of graphic novels). Not only is it an impressive achievement, the group has finished an epic sci-fi tale that has encompassed their entire career thus far. Which begs the question: What’s next?
“I certainly concluded the story of Coheed and Cambria with these five stories, and I’ve started to toy around with the future,” acknowledged frontman/lyricist Claudio Sanchez when he spoke to A.D.D. just prior to Christmas. “After the end of this story, all of Heaven’s Fence is gone, and the only remaining system is our Earth and its solar system. I’ve thought of telling stories of the future and stories of the past, maybe getting involved more in the story of Cyrus Amory, the fellow who figured out the value of the Keyword. Or even stories that kind of parallel the one that we’re telling. It’s kind of up in the air. I’ve started writing music for that next record, and I’m kind of hoping that maybe in doing that it’s going to tell me which one to do.”
For the moment, the group is focusing on the Soundwave Festival in Australia, which they will play this coming weekend. “There will be a little bit of touring [coming up], but next year  has a bit of down time,” Sanchez said. “We’re doing something in the springtime — and I think the announcements are going to come in a couple of weeks — that I think the fans are going to be really excited about. Other than that, we’ve got Rock In Rio in the fall and that’s about it.” That should give Sanchez plenty of time to contemplate the next Coheed and Cambria opus as well as finish up three comic book series that he and his wife have in the works, including Kill Audio 2 and Subway Seriez (more about these in a future A.D.D. post).
When asked how his group has been holding up during the rough economic ride of the last few years, Sanchez nonchalantly replied, “You know, we just continue to do our thing. We try to create interesting packages, certainly with the last record putting out the prose novel that accompanied it. Certainly those fans that were invested in the mythology want it. We try to keep things interesting and stay afloat. I think most of it is just going out there and playing for people, but even that at moments is on the decline.”
A.D.D. also recently spoke with My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way (post coming soon), a fellow rocker/comic book writer, and the discussion at one point veered toward the topic of modern rock stars and how they are not as dangerous or edgy as they were 20 or 25 years ago. Part of that could simply stem from the increased corporatization of rock ‘n’ roll that began back in the ’80s. “I don’t know,” mused Sanchez on those thoughts. “The ’80s seem so far away and fantastic. I always hear things secondhand about the offices of Geffen in the’ 80s and the blow and the hookers, and I walk into Sony and there’s barely music playing in the offices. It might as well as have been a fantasy. It’s certainly not the ‘Nothin’ But A Good Time’ video by Poison.”
What is Sanchez like on the road? “I pretty much keep to the bunk and stay in my fantasy world.”