Coheed and Cambria’s Next Album Will Arrive in 2021 or 2022
Coheed and Cambria fans have something new to be excited about: mastermind Claudio Sanchez has shared some more details on the band’s next album and laid out a loose timeline for its eventual release.
Sanchez has been working on the follow-up to Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures (2018) for some time already. In an interview with MetalSucks a little over a year ago, he said he was already mostly done writing it and elaborated on the conceptual side:
“I’ve got about maybe 75% worth of a record [written]. The concept is pretty much in a lock. I’ve actually started talking with Chase Stone, who did the last album’s art as well as the companion illustrated novel that went with it. So we’ve been slowly talking about some of the conceptual things and maybe we’ll start bringing this part of the story to life.
“Funny, I started this song in September, it was called ‘Hallelujah Quarantine.’ It’s crazy! So in the second part of Vaxis, there’s this criminal organization called The Liar’s Club and they have this thing that sort of travels through the galaxy and they call it The Quarantine, not the actual structure but they have this celebration called The Quarantine. It’s almost like a cotillion where the young come to party and to decide their fates. But this organization is really just taking these young kids to use them as blood banks.
“Thats a very loose part within Vaxis II, this story. Looking at this, I’m like, man, I don’t know if this song is now insensitive for what we’re enduring. Is this even going to be a part of it? Am I going to have to rename this whole sort of thing that’s happening in the story and rewrite this song? I don’t know.
“There are songs. I’m not really all that worried about it. It’s just crazy that I kind of just stumbled upon this tune and I’m like, ‘Aww man. How am I gonna do that one?’”
Now, in a new chat with Consequence of Sound, Sanchez has shared some details about the musical direction of Vaxis II (or whatever it ends up being called), saying the band will take some creative risks this time around:
“I’ll be honest. A lot of times, with bands who’ve been around and built a strong fanbase like we have, I think there might be a tendency, intentionally or unintentionally, to try to give the fans what they want and not take too many risks. But after making music for so long and entering a pandemic, we didn’t want limitations to the creative process. The [next] record is going to be what I hope people perceive this band to be in 2021/2022.
“It’s a modern record. It’s a Coheed and Cambria record, but it’s looking forward, not backwards.”
And there you have it: new Coheed later this year or in 2022!
Meanwhile, the band’s got a co-headline tour with The Used set to head out in August and September. Dates:
Fri Aug 27 – Los Angeles, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre* [tickets]
Sat Aug 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre* [tickets]
Mon Aug 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Outdoors* [tickets]
Tue Aug 31 – Denver, CO – Levitt Pavilion Denver* [tickets]
Thu Sep 02 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory* [tickets]
Sat Sep 04 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater* [tickets]
Sun Sep 05 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion* [tickets]
Tue Sep 07 – Wichita, KS – WAVE – Outdoors* [tickets]
Wed Sep 08 – St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis Music Park* [tickets]
Sat Sep 11 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! – Outdoors* [tickets]
Sun Sep 12 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica* [tickets]
Tue Sep 14 – Cincinnati, OH – The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park* [tickets]
Wed Sep 15 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park* [tickets]
Sat Sep 18 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium – Outdoors* [tickets]
Sun Sep 19 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center* [tickets]
Tue Sep 21 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion^ [tickets]
Wed Sep 22 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater^ [tickets]
Fri Sep 24 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place^ [tickets]
* with special guest Meet Me @ The Altar
^ with special guest carolesdaughter