Coheed and Cambria http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/916/all en Davenport Cabinet Premiere New Album, 'Damned Renegades' — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/davenport-cabinet-premiere-new-album-damned-renegades-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of <em>Damned Renegades</em>, the new album by Davenport Cabinet.</p> <p>The project, which started out as a solo venture for Coheed and Cambria guitarist Travis Stever in 2007, has expanded into a full-band endeavor where he is joined by Tyler Klose (vocals/guitar), Tom Farkas (bass) and Michael Hickey (drums, percussion, vocals).</p> <p>The album will be released September 30 via Equal Vision Records. It's available for pre-order right now at <a href="http://merchnow.com/catalogs/davenport-cabinet">merchnow.com</a>. You can check out the album's complete track listing below the Soundcloud player.</p> <p>"<em>Damned Renegades</em> is a very personal record, lyrically and sonically," Stever says. "My relationship with the album was much like that of a mad scientist and his experiment. While writing it, I was anxiously awaiting becoming a new father and focused all of that excitement and energy into the music. </p> <p>"As much as I wanted to just center on preparing for the birth, I felt that I needed to record the music we were creating first. The rest of the Davenport guys very willingly came along with me for the ride, adding in their own music styles and flavors all over the record. The record stretches all over musically, showcasing the diversity that lies within the Cabinet."</p> <p>Stever adds, “<em>Damned Renegades</em> finds Davenport Cabinet exactly where I have always wanted it musically. With Tyler, Tom and Mike, I was able to achieve the full band sound and group interaction I’ve always wanted with the project. I couldn’t be more proud of this record.”</p> <p><em>Damned Renegades</em> is the followup to 2013’s <em>Risks in Magic</em> EP. Preceding the EP were two full-length albums — 2013’s <em>Our Machine</em> and 2008’s <em>Nostalgia in Stereo</em>. </p> <p>For more about the band, visit <a href="http://davenportcabinet.com/">davenportcabinet.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/52147920%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-cursS&amp;color=4a1717&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>Damned Renegades</em> Track List:</strong></p> <p>01. 41°15’22.0” N<br /> 02. Everyone Surrounding<br /> 03. Aneris<br /> 04. Bulldozer<br /> 05. In Orbit<br /> 06. Sorry For Me<br /> 07. 74°21’31.7” W<br /> 08. Students of Disaster<br /> 09. Damned Renegades<br /> 10. Glass Balloon<br /> 11. Missing Pieces<br /> 12. Graves of the Great War</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/davenport-cabinet-premiere-new-album-damned-renegades-exclusive#comments Coheed and Cambria Davenport Cabinet Travis Stever News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:48:42 +0000 Damian Fanelli 22425 at http://www.guitarworld.com Interview: Coheed and Cambria on Their Ambitious New Companion Albums, 'The Afterman' http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-coheed-and-cambria-their-ambitious-new-companion-albums-afterman <!--paging_filter--><p>“I’m not a great communicator,” says Coheed and Cambria singer and guitarist Claudio Sanchez. It’s a surprising admission from someone who has not only spent much of his musical life behind a microphone but also masterminded one of rock’s longest-running concept stories. </p> <p>Over the course of 10 years and five studio albums with Coheed and Cambria, Sanchez has narrated the tale of the Amory Wars, an epic and intergalactic battle between the forces of good and evil. </p> <p>In that time he has also issued a series of comic books and graphic novels based on the story, and, more recently, partnered with Mark Wahlberg and Leverage Entertainment to turn the Amory Wars saga into a feature-length film. Clearly, his words have struck a chord with many fans. But, he says, “the whole concept really stems from my insecurity. I have poor communication skills, so it helps for me to put my feelings across in this way. It gives me that release.”</p> <p>Sanchez continues to pursue that release on <em>The Afterman: Ascension</em>, which introduces another arc in the Amory Wars mythos by focusing on the life of its namesake character, Sirius Amory. The new effort will also be paired with a companion album, titled <em>The Afterman: Descension</em>, which is slated for release in February 2013 [It was released February 5].</p> <p>The two albums represent Coheed and Cambria’s first recordings since parting ways with longtime label Columbia. “It came to that point where the relationship just wasn’t working out for both parties,” Sanchez says of the split. As a result, the band — which includes guitarist Travis Stever, drummer Joshua Eppard and new bassist Zach Cooper — financed the recordings itself and created its own imprint, Everything Evil, as a conduit to release the new music. </p> <p>The process, Sanchez says, was liberating. “It gave us the opportunity to create just for the sake of creating. I was able to rediscover those emotions I had as a young artist when there wasn’t anything else there to guide me.”</p> <p>The result is a wildly diverse record. It’s full of the band’s trademark proggy riff-metal (“Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute,” “Mothers of Men”) but also delves into keyboard-laced spoken word (“The Hollow”) orchestral pop-rock (“The Afterman”) and gentle electro-acoustic ballads (“Subtraction”). For Sanchez, his desire to try out various music styles goes hand in hand with his telling of the Amory Wars saga. “The story and the songs are really just my way of communicating my emotions at different points in time,” he says. “And I want to explore as much as I can.”</p> <p><strong>There appears to be a strong theme of life and death running through much of the storyline on <em>The Afterman: Ascension</em>.</strong></p> <p>That’s true, though when I started writing the material for <em>The Afterman</em> I didn’t really know what the concept was going to be. I just let myself be inspired by events in my life. A big moment came about two years ago, when I wrote the title song. It was very much influenced by something that happened to my wife. She discovered that a really good friend of hers had passed away — only she found out through Facebook. </p> <p>I’m into the whole social media thing but I’m not on Facebook; that’s not part of my universe. But to see her go through that grieving process, and to think that the starting point of the whole thing had been this impersonal blue glare of the computer screen against her face, it was a very profound moment and it really spoke to me. That’s when I started to come up with many of the concepts and themes for <em>The Afterman</em>.</p> <p><strong>From a musical standpoint, you tackle many different styles throughout the album’s nine tracks. There are plenty of heavy riffs, but also pop melodies, acoustic ballads and progressive elements.</strong></p> <p>I’ve always incorporated a lot of different music into my writing. I don’t know why I’m even bringing this up, because it’s kind of weird, but when I was younger I actually created different personalities that I would write from. I even had names for each one, which was bizarro. [laughs] </p> <p>There was Papa Porpoise, who was my aggressive side. Then I had Camille, who represented the softer side — the ballads and that kind of thing. Mr. M was more concise and to the point — that’s where the pop stuff came from. And then there was Professor Plum, like the guy from Clue. He was the source of the intricate, proggy material. So even from the beginning, I had all these different styles I would write in. And for some reason these four personas helped me compartmentalize my ideas and the different musical approaches. </p> <p><strong>Where do your varied tastes come from?</strong></p> <p>My parents listened to all different types of music, and they created a large spectrum for me to draw from. So I learned to be very open minded from a young age. That’s why with Coheed and Cambria I never want us to be pigeonholed into just one thing. The pop side is just as important as the progressive side, which is just as important as the ballads, which is just as important as the heavy stuff. </p> <p><strong>Early on in the band’s career you were very much lumped in with the emo and screamo scenes. Did you feel a part of that?</strong></p> <p>When we were coming up in the early 2000s that was the sound of a lot of indie rock. Independent music was a part of my life for sure, so there was a connection. I also think being on [the record label] Equal Vision helped guide us into that world. But to me, we were much more than just that, and it was a little discouraging when people would assume we were just an emo band. But I didn’t think about it much. I was just happy to be out on tour and doing something I loved, working toward this thing. So the tags and categorizations didn’t bother me. </p> <p><strong>You’ve certainly broadened your reach over the years. This past summer you went out as the support act for Iron Maiden. </strong></p> <p>That was a truly great experience. I’m a huge Maiden fan, and I felt that the audience was really welcoming toward us. It was a proud moment for me. </p> <p><strong>Did you get to hang with them?</strong></p> <p>We did. Adrian Smith would come by our dressing room, and so would Janick [Gers], Nicko [McBrain]...a bunch of them. Actually, one night right before we went on, Steve Harris came in and just started expressing how much he loved the band and that he was disappointed the audience the night before hadn’t been more into us. And we were just sitting there with these big question marks over our heads, thinking, The crowd wasn’t that bad… But he didn’t understand why it wasn’t just chaos in the audience. [laughs] So to have guys like that, who are legends, be so into what we’re doing—holy shit, what an honor.</p> <p><strong>To that end, in 2009 you toured as the opening act for Heaven and Hell. That must have been a similarly proud moment for you. </strong></p> <p>Oh, yeah. I mean, that’s basically Black Sabbath. And the guys were great. I remember the last night of that tour, Tony Iommi came to our dressing room and gave us a bottle of wine, and we all just hung out. I said to him, “Tony, every time you come by, you smell fantastic.” And it was true! He really did. </p> <p><strong>So what, exactly, does Tony Iommi smell like?</strong></p> <p>[laughs] Beautiful. Beautiful is what Tony Iommi smells like. </p> <p><em>Photo: Daniel Shea</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-coheed-and-cambria-their-ambitious-new-companion-albums-afterman#comments Coheed and Cambria Interviews News Features Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:37:41 +0000 Richard Bienstock 17285 at http://www.guitarworld.com Coheed and Cambria Stream New Song, "The Hard Sell" http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-stream-new-song-hard-sell <!--paging_filter--><p>With one excellent offering already under their belts in recent months, Coheed and Cambria won't keep fans waiting too long for new music. </p> <p>The band will release the second part of their double album, <em>The Afterman</em>, in February, and earlier today posted a brand-new song online. Watch the lyric video for "The Hard Sell" from <em>The Afterman: Descension</em> below.</p> <p>For fans looking to get their fans on "The Hard Sell" early, the track will be available on Guitar Center’s “Fresh Cuts” CD series, with 50,000 copies available to the public at all Guitar Center locations.</p> <p>In a recent interview with <em>Guitar World</em>, Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sanchez discussed the band's ambitious new companion albums and opened up about the origins of his eclectic musical tastes.</p> <p>"My parents listened to all different types of music, and they created a large spectrum for me to draw from," he said. "So I learned to be very open minded from a young age. That’s why with Coheed and Cambria I never want us to be pigeonholed into just one thing. The pop side is just as important as the progressive side, which is just as important as the ballads, which is just as important as the heavy stuff."</p> <p>You can read the full interview at <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-coheed-and-cambria-their-ambitious-new-companion-albums-afterman">this location</a>.</p> <p><em>The Afterman: Descension</em> is out February 5.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/w2V6UGyPRns" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Coheed and Cambria Tour Dates w/Between the Buried and Me, Russian Circles</strong></p> <p>Feb 04 2013 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club<br /> Feb 05 2013 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club<br /> Feb 07 2013 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE<br /> Feb 08 2013 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit<br /> Feb 09 2013 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre<br /> Feb 10 2013 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue<br /> Feb 12 2013 - Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom<br /> Feb 14 2013 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre<br /> Feb 15 2013 - Salt Lake City, UT - SaltAir<br /> Feb 17 2013 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater<br /> Feb 18 2013 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre<br /> Feb 19 2013 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo<br /> Feb 21 2013 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater<br /> Feb 22 2013 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern<br /> Feb 25 2013 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues<br /> Feb 26 2013 - The Marquee - Tempe, AZ<br /> Feb 27 2013 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre<br /> Mar 01 2013 - Austin, TX - Stubb's<br /> Mar 02 2013 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center<br /> Mar 03 2013 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom<br /> Mar 05 2013 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle<br /> Mar 06 2013 - Saint Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live<br /> Mar 07 2013 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues<br /> Mar 08 2013 - Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore<br /> Mar 10 2013 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte<br /> Mar 11 2013 - Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory<br /> Mar 14 2013 - Boston, MA - House of Blues<br /> Mar 16 2013 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-stream-new-song-hard-sell#comments Coheed and Cambria News Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:24:56 +0000 Josh Hart 17426 at http://www.guitarworld.com Coheed and Cambria Premiere "The Afterman" Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-premiere-afterman-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Prog rockers Coheed and Cambria have just premiered the official video for "The Afterman," off their new album <em>The Afterman: Ascension</em>. Watch it below.</p> <p><em>The Afterman: The Ascension</em> will be followed by a second album, <em>The Afterman: Descension</em>, in February of 2013. Both albums continue mainman Claudio Sanchez’s Amory Wars storyline, with the dichotomy of life and death being the omnipresent theme on both records.</p> <p>"When I started writing the material for <em>The Afterman</em> I didn't really know what they concept was going to be," Sanchez told <em>Guitar World</em> recently. "I just let myself be inspired by events in my life. A big moment came about two years ago, when I wrote the title song. It was very much influenced by something that happened to my wife. She discovered that a really good friend of hers had passed away—only she found out through Facebook. I’m into the whole social media thing but I’m not on Facebook; that’s not part of my universe. But to see her go through that grieving process, and to think that the starting point of the whole thing had been this impersonal blue glare of the computer screen against her face, it was a very profound moment and it really spoke to me. That’s when I started to come up with many of the concepts and themes for <em>The Afterman</em>."</p> <p>Coheed and Cambria will be hitting the road for an extensive North American tour next year with Between the Buried and Me and Russian Circles. Dates for the trek can be found below the video.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/ZXSyatjWo1E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Coheed and Cambria, Between the Buried and Me 2013 Tour Dates</strong></p> <p>Feb 04 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club<br /> Feb 05 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club<br /> Feb 07 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE<br /> Feb 08 2013 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit<br /> Feb 09 2013 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre<br /> Feb 10 2013 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue<br /> Feb 12 2013 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom<br /> Feb 14 2013 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre<br /> Feb 15 2013 – Salt Lake City, UT – SaltAir<br /> Feb 17 2013 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater<br /> Feb 18 2013 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre<br /> Feb 19 2013 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo<br /> Feb 21 2013 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater<br /> Feb 22 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern<br /> Feb 25 2013 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues<br /> Feb 26 2013 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ<br /> Feb 27 2013 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre<br /> Mar 01 2013 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s<br /> Mar 02 2013 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center<br /> Mar 03 2013 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom<br /> Mar 05 2013 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle<br /> Mar 06 2013 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live<br /> Mar 07 2013 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues<br /> Mar 08 2013 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore<br /> Mar 10 2013 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte<br /> Mar 11 2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory<br /> Mar 14 2013 – Boston, MA – House of Blues<br /> Mar 16 2013 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-premiere-afterman-music-video#comments Coheed and Cambria News Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:48:18 +0000 Josh Hart 17181 at http://www.guitarworld.com Coheed and Cambria, Between The Buried And Me Announce 2013 Tour Dates http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-between-buried-and-me-announce-2013-tour-dates <!--paging_filter--><p>Prog fans, rejoice!</p> <p>Just announced is a slate of 2013 tour dates featuring Coheed and Cambria and Between the Buried and Me. Opening all dates of the tour is Chicago-based post-rock act, Russian Circles. Watch a trailer for the tour and get all the dates below.</p> <p>Coheed and Cambria released <em>The Afterman: Ascension</em>, the first half of a planned double album, last month. The band will release the second part, <em>The Afterman: Descension</em>, on February 5, the day after the tour kicks off.</p> <p>For a full feature on the band's ambitious <em>Afterman</em> project, check out a full interview with Claudio Sanchez in the December issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, on newsstands now and available in our online store <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/products/guitar-world-dec-12-the-beatles">here</a>.</p> <p>Between the Buried and Me released their sixth studio album, <em>The Parallax II: Future Sequence</em>, last month as well.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/9sMPi0hi4b0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Coheed and Cambria, Between the Buried and Me 2013 Tour Dates</strong></p> <p>Feb 04 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club<br /> Feb 05 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club<br /> Feb 07 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE<br /> Feb 08 2013 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit<br /> Feb 09 2013 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre<br /> Feb 10 2013 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue<br /> Feb 12 2013 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom<br /> Feb 14 2013 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre<br /> Feb 15 2013 – Salt Lake City, UT – SaltAir<br /> Feb 17 2013 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater<br /> Feb 18 2013 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre<br /> Feb 19 2013 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo<br /> Feb 21 2013 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater<br /> Feb 22 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern<br /> Feb 25 2013 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues<br /> Feb 26 2013 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ<br /> Feb 27 2013 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre<br /> Mar 01 2013 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s<br /> Mar 02 2013 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center<br /> Mar 03 2013 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom<br /> Mar 05 2013 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle<br /> Mar 06 2013 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live<br /> Mar 07 2013 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues<br /> Mar 08 2013 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore<br /> Mar 10 2013 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte<br /> Mar 11 2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory<br /> Mar 14 2013 – Boston, MA – House of Blues<br /> Mar 16 2013 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-between-buried-and-me-announce-2013-tour-dates#comments Between the Buried and Me Coheed and Cambria Russian Circles News Mon, 05 Nov 2012 18:46:47 +0000 Josh Hart 17069 at http://www.guitarworld.com Coheed and Cambria Premiere "Domino The Destitute" Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-premiere-domino-destitute-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Coheed and Cambria have just posted the eight-plus-minute video for a new track, "Domino The Destitute." Watch it below.</p> <p>"Domino The Destitute" is taken from the band's upcoming new studio album, <em>The Afterman: Ascension</em>. The follow-up to 2010's <em>Year Of The Black Rainbow</em> (<a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=FqJm3WhBZ1c&amp;offerid=146261.358553378&amp;type=2&amp;subid=0">buy on iTunes</a>) will be released October 9, and will be followed by a second part, <em>The Afterman: Descension</em> in February of 2013. </p> <p>"This is, without a doubt, the most honest record I've ever written," said frontman Claudio Sanchez. "Though all the songs can be interpreted through our main character in the story, they were initially written in a very spontaneous manner. In the past, I've always had a predetermined idea of what the story was going to be when I approached the songs. With The Afterman being a new story within 'The Amory Wars' arc, I allowed the events of my life to drive the concept, and therefore opened up the songwriting to a fuller degree."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/CRoN4_kG6XM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-premiere-domino-destitute-music-video#comments Coheed and Cambria News Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:36:49 +0000 Josh Hart 16627 at http://www.guitarworld.com Coheed and Cambria Announce New Double Concept Album, 'The Afterman' http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-announce-new-double-concept-album-afterman <!--paging_filter--><p>Progressive rockers Coheed and Cambria have announced ambitious plans to release a double concept album, <em>The Afterman</em>. </p> <p>The release will be divided up into two separate releases. The first of which, titled <em>The Afterman: Ascension</em>, is slated to land on October 9, with <em>"The Afterman: Descension</em> tentatively due in February.</p> <p>Conceptually, <em>The Afterman</em> once again sees the band exploring their alternate world, "Heaven's Fence." The album's lyrics center around the character Sirius Amory, a scientist.</p> <p>"This is, without a doubt, the most honest record I've ever written," said frontman Claudio Sanchez. "Though all the songs can be interpreted through our main character in the story, they were initially written in a very spontaneous manner. In the past, I've always had a predetermined idea of what the story was going to be when I approached the songs. With <em>The Afterman</em> being a new story within 'The Amory Wars' arc, I allowed the events of my life to drive the concept, and therefore opened up the songwriting to a fuller degree." </p> <p>Coheed and Cambria's last full-length effort was 2010's <em>Year Of The Black Rainbow</em> (<a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=FqJm3WhBZ1c&amp;offerid=146261.358553378&amp;type=2&amp;subid=0">buy on iTunes</a>).</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/vCBa01cDzuc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-announce-new-double-concept-album-afterman#comments Coheed and Cambria News Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:50:01 +0000 Josh Hart 16446 at http://www.guitarworld.com Coheed and Cambria Bassist Michael Todd Leaves Band After Armed Robbery Charges http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-bassist-michael-todd-leaves-band-after-armed-robbery-charges <!--paging_filter--><p>It should come as no surprise that Coheed and Cambria and bassist Michael Todd have now officially parted ways. The bassist was arrested last month after allegedly robbing a pharmacy for prescription painkillers before fleeing the scene in a taxi. He was later arrested at the venue where the band was scheduled to open for Soungarden later that night. You can read the original story <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-bassist-michael-todd-charged-armed-robbery">here</a>.</p> <p>In a post on their <a href="http://childrenofthefence.tumblr.com/">official blog</a>, the band broke the news to their fans with the following statement:</p> <p>"After a lot of thought, introspection and discussion, Coheed and Cambria will be continuing our journey without bassist Michael Todd. We have spoken to him and this is a mutual decision between both parties. Michael was a great contributor; our hearts go out to his family and to all those who appreciate his talents. We wish him nothing but the very best."</p> <p>"We are currently writing and recording songs for a new album, as well as a couple compilations this fall. We are very excited about how the songs are shaping up and can’t wait to share them with you."</p> <p>"We’d like to thank Wes Styles for filling in for the live gigs in the interim, including the upcoming South America and Mexico shows. A belated thanks to Rob Gill for covering in Boston; and the biggest thank you to all of you for your unwavering support. "</p> <p>"A new chapter awaits."</p> <p>There is currently no word on a full-time replacement for Todd.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lmDsx_gH6SU?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-bassist-michael-todd-leaves-band-after-armed-robbery-charges#comments Coheed and Cambria News Fri, 05 Aug 2011 13:52:53 +0000 Josh Hart 12096 at http://www.guitarworld.com Coheed and Cambria Bassist Michael Todd Charged with Armed Robbery http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-bassist-michael-todd-charged-armed-robbery <!--paging_filter--><p>Coheed and Cambria bass player Michael Todd was arrested on Sunday, July 10, for allegedly robbing a pharmacy in Attleboro, Massachusetts, shortly before the band was set to support Soundgarden in the Boston suburb of Mansfield.</p> <p>A police spokesperson said a male entered the pharmacy around 1 p.m. and "threatened a pharmacist with a bomb threat and demanded Oxycontin." Todd was given six bottles of pills before getting into a taxi that was pursued by police officers to the Comcast Center in Mansfield, where Todd was apprehended and charged with armed robbery and possession of a controlled substance.</p> <p>An official statement from the band reads: "Michael Todd was arrested today on what we consider very serious charges, and therefore he will not be finishing up the current tour. We are surprised, to say the least, and will address the situation with Michael after the tour. For now, we just want to have a great time out here and finish with some killer shows in Boston, Poughkeepsie, Quebec City and Halifax."</p> <p>Wes Styles, the band's touring keyboardist, will take over bass duties for the remainder of the tour.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/coheed-and-cambria-bassist-michael-todd-charged-armed-robbery#comments Coheed and Cambria News Mon, 11 Jul 2011 13:52:03 +0000 Josh Hart 11586 at http://www.guitarworld.com