Coheed & Cambria

Coheed & Cambria (10:00 PM)

Thank You Scientist (9:00 PM)

Silver Snakes (8:15 PM)

Wed, October 28, 2015

7:45 pm

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Coheed & Cambria - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Coheed & Cambria
Over the past 10 years, Claudio Sanchez and his group, Coheed and Cambria have distinguished themselves as among the most gifted storytellers in rock. His The Amory Wars narrative—spun out across their five previous studio albums which together have sold over 2 million copies in the United States alone—is a good vs. evil science-fiction epic that's become to Coheed and Cambria fans something like what The Wall and Quadrophenia were to previous generations. And the tale might soon reach an even wider audience, as Mark Wahlberg recently announced that he and Stephen Levinson of Leverage Productions will turn Sanchez's The Amory Wars into a big-screen live-action feature film.

Now, after nine months in the studio, Coheed and Cambria seize on the momentum this October with their release, The Afterman: Ascension, the first volume of a remarkable new double album collectively called The Afterman. Volume two, titled The Afterman: Descension, will follow in February 2013.

True to Coheed's restlessly exploratory nature, the nine-track Ascension finds the New York-based band— singer-guitarist Claudio Sanchez, founding guitarist Travis Stever, bassist Zach Cooper and drummer Josh Eppard—staking out exciting new ground. "With all of our older albums, my thing was always figuring out how to fit my life into the Amory Wars concept," Sanchez says. "I knew where each one sat in terms of the story. Whereas with this one, I allowed my life—my experiences and what I was going through—to frame the concept."

In "The Afterman,‟ celebrated cosmonaut/astronomer Sirius Amory embarks on a journey in which he makes arguably the greatest scientific discovery ever known to mankind. However, the death of his wife upon his return causes him to realize what was truly important to him just slipped right through his hands; and his only mission now is to make amends.

The first volume, "Ascension" charts Sirius' sci-fi journey into the stars of the alternate universe known well by Coheed fans as "Heaven‟s Fence." Upon entering "the Keywork," the blue gaseous energy force that powers these worlds, Amory stumbles upon the Afterlife. In his first confrontation with a soul, "Domino the Destitute" possesses Sirius, who is forced to relive the frenetic events that had occurred in Domino‟s waking life. The second volume, "The Descension" follows Sirius' return to his home planet after a long absence and the negative effects that follow.

The singer points to a specific catalyst for the two discs: the death of a close friend of his wife's. "She found out about it through Facebook, which is the most impersonal way to receive this intensely personal news," he remembers. "Later that night, I sat down and just started writing a song"—it became the album‟s title track—"from the point of view of her experience. Everything else followed from there."

So we see that Ascension, while shrouded in this epic tale, is really about Sanchez‟s personal life outside the concept. As in "Subtraction" he describes the challenges posed by a touring life in which "I‟m always going away for long stretches and coming back home," and Sanchez even admits "Domino the Destitute" was subconsciously written about the recent departure from Coheed of former bassist Michael Todd.

Self-produced by the band with Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner (who both helmed the band‟s first three albums), Sanchez credits the expansive musical vibe of the album—which moves from the lullaby-like strains of "The Hollow" to the driving, riff-heavy "Mothers of Men" to the deeply funky "Evagria the Faithful"—to the freedom he had while writing over the course of the last two years. It‟s a freedom, he points out, that came as a result of the band‟s working independently for the first time in many years. "When you write a record in a month and a half, you have the same mentality throughout the entire process," he says. "But when you allow yourself time, your mindset changes and that influences your creativity. It gives you dramatic ups and downs, and I think that‟s invaluable."

Coheed‟s lineup transforms, as well, on Ascension, with the addition of Cooper and the return of the band‟s original drummer, Josh Eppard. "When I sit down at the drum set to demo a song, Josh is who I emulate," says Sanchez. "There‟s a symbiotic understanding between the two of us: I play guitar with a lot of percussion, and he‟s a very melodic drummer. I can‟t even describe what a pleasure it was to see him walking down the driveway toward my house again." Says Eppard of his reunion with the band: "The way Claudio writes has always felt like home base to me. I knew we could do something special from the first time we played together."

On The Afterman: Ascension they‟re still doing it.
Thank You Scientist - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Thank You Scientist
For the uninitiated, Thank You Scientist was forged from the music program at Montclair State University in New Jersey when guitarist Tom Monda met saxophonist Ellis Jasenovic and trumpeter Andrew Digrius. The three bonded over their love for Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Beatles and Harry Nilsson. Those influences would become the seeds for what Thank You Scientist would evolve into today.

With the addition of vocalist Salvatore Marrano, bassist Greg Colacino, drummer Odin Alvarez and violinist Ben Karas, Thank You Scientist’s lineup of virtuoso musicians was complete. The band would go on to self-release an EP, The Perils of Time Travel, in 2011 followed by their debut full-length, Maps of Non-Existent Places, in 2012, which caught the ear of Sanchez, a fellow purveyor of progressive stylings, and led to his signing of the band.

To pinpoint Thank You Scientist’s sound would be inconceivable. On Maps of Non-Existent Places they hold a virtual master class on musicianship, fusing elements of progressive rock with jazz fusion, classical, metal, psychedelic and pop for a head spinning, mind-blowing listening experience. The seven-piece band, who collectively play some 20 instruments, boasts a hyper-composed sound which is indebted to their experience and formal training in both classical and jazz idioms.

A Frank Zappa for the indie generation? Incubus jamming with the Mahavishnu Orchestra? Mr. Bungle and Steely Dan joining forces to fight Godzilla? King Crimson and the Brecker Brothers serenading you at your bedside? It all seems so strange on paper, yet it’s sure to satisfy your ears in the best of ways.
Silver Snakes - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Silver Snakes
Los Angeles' SILVER SNAKES are back with their second full length, and Bridge 9 debut, "Year of the Snake," the follow-up to their 2011 critically acclaimed debut, "Pictures of a Floating World." "Year of the Snake," which was named one of Alternative Press' "Most Anticipated Albums of 2013," sees the band's vocalist, guitarist and principle songwriter, Alex Estrada, whose "day job" is recording bands including Nails, Touché Amore and Joyce Manor, stepping behind the board to produce his own band. Roger Camaro, of No Motive, who co-produced "Pictures," worked with Estrada recording drums and basic tracks for the record. After the recording process in LA, the tracks were sent to Salad Days Studios, in Baltimore, to be mixed by Brian McTernan, whose resume' includes acts influential to SILVER SNAKES, such as, Cave In, Engine Down, Thrice, and Circa Survive. Jay Mass, of Defeater, then mastered the album. The resulting eleven songs see SILVER SNAKES going in a darker direction than they had visited on "Pictures," and finds their dynamic range expanding; the band has grown louder and more dissonant on tracks like "No Color," while getting quieter and more desolate on tracks like "Lock."

Since the release of "Pictures of a Floating World," in November of 2011 on CD via Siren Recordings and on vinyl in July of 2012 on Animal Style Records, Silver Snakes have toured with the likes of Broadway Calls, Sainthood Reps, Defeater, Junius, Souvenirs and Aeges (members of Pelican, Shift, The Rise) and done scattered dates with Coheed & Cambria, Braid, Balance & Composure, Shiner, Touché Amore, Narrows and La Dispute. The band has also appeared at festivals such as Sound & Fury, Gainesville's The Fest, Fun Fun Fun Nights and South By Southwest. Amongst all of the touring and shows, Silver Snakes found time to hit the studio to record a digital single, "Old Light" (which was made available by Animal Style and came as a companion download to the LP), a split with fellow Southern Californians, Souvenirs (released in conjunction with their west coast tour) and a track for Hopeless Records' 2013 "Take Action" compilation. The band also appeared on Altar TV, live, as well.

SILVER SNAKES continue to go about business as usual, having just completed a Western US run with HRVRD, and will be touring out to The Fest for the second year in a row. A Western US run with Drug Church has also been confirmed for late fall.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change