Listen: Coheed & Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez Covers “Stand By Me”


Coheed & Cambria mastermind Claudio Sanchez has made good on his promise to continue releasing music by his recently resurrected The Prize Fighter Inferno electronic solo project.

Following a new single called “More Than Love” last week, Claudio has dropped a moody, synth-heavy cover of the Ben E. King classic “Stand By Me.” If that sounds a bit strange, well, it should, but unsurprisingly Claudio totally nails it: his vocal range is perfect for the track, and the electronic treatment gives it a somber feel that paints the iconic song in a completely new light.

Claudio dropped the Half Measures EP under The Prize Fighter Inferno moniker in 2012, and the only full-length album under that banner, My Brother’s Blood Machine, back in 2006. It’s not clear whether the two recent entries will eventually comprise an EP, album, or will exist as standalone singles, but it’s good to hear Claudio making full creative use of his time in quarantine. Check out “Stand By Me” below.

Coheed & Cambria were one of the hundreds of artists whose touring plans were torpedoed by the coronavirus pandemic. The first leg of their Neverender: No World For Tomorrow tour, scheduled to run from May 1 through 31, has been postponed; the band says they are holding dates for a rescheduled run prior to the tour’s second leg in August but are waiting to see what happens before announcing them. Meanwhile, that second leg is still a go as of right now, although it seems unlikely it’ll take place as planned. Keep up with MetalSucks’ running list of canceled and rescheduled tours right here.

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