All right, let's get one thing straight right off the bat. When I first heard about this tour
and this lineup, I shit my pants. It was the first tour that I was able to go to where I really
liked all four of the bands playing a lot, especially Coheed and Cambria, who have
become one of my favorite bands since the release of Second Stage Turbine Blade
(reviewed here) was released last March. I missed them the last two times they
came around, so I was really looking forward to seeing them with three great supporting
acts as well.
I arrived at the Birch Hill in Old Bridge, New Jersey at around 6:30 p.m. to find a pretty
large crowd waiting for the doors to open, which were scheduled to open at 7. I found
myself surrounded by emo kids in Starting Line shirts talking about how awesome Strong
Bad is, but I dealt with it. The doors opened twenty minutes past the scheduled time,
partially due to the fact that one of the doors to the box office was not opening, so only
half the people that could normally enter the venue at a time could actually fit. This forced
the security to let people with pre-bought tickets in first, making people who had to buy
tickets there wait. Luckily, I got my ticket two weeks prior to the show.
At eight o'clock on the dot, Codeseven took the stage. I had heard a few songs
by this band prior to the show, and I liked them, and I especially liked their cover of Don
Henley's "Boys Of Summer". When they took the stage, they sounded different that what
I had heard on CD. They sounded more relaxed, with a softer and more spaced-out feel
to all of the songs they played, all which were from their latest CD, The Rescue.
Needless to say, they didn't play "Boys Of Summer", which disappointed me, but I
enjoyed their set. They weren't received well with the crowd, however, with many boo's
and "you suck's" after they left the stage. I thought their music was great, their stage
presence was good, but their crowd appeal was lacking. I'd see them again if I had the
After a twenty minute intermission, Hopesfall, a band who has recently gained a
lot of popularity, came on. They played a seven song set, opening with the
intro to their new CD, The Satellite Years, "Andromeda", and immediately
exploding into "Waitress". Their stage presence was excellent, with their vocalist leaping
into the crowd during every song, letting everyone sing along. Their set went as follows;
"Andromeda", "Waitress", "April Left With Silence", "Decoys Like Curves", "Dana
Walker", "The Bending", and "The End Of An Era". Highlights of their set were the final
two songs of the set, with the furious breakdowns of "The Bending" and the crowd
favorite "The End Of An Era". During the set's closer, the microphone was tossed into
the crowd during the "I pray you find..." part of the song. They put on an
energetic set, and I loved every moment of it. Oh, and as an added bonus, their bassist
looks identical to Bilbo Baggins. How cool is that?
After a performance that looked tough to top, one-man band Onelinedrawing, led
by guitarist/vocalist Jonah Matranga, of Far fame, took the stage, with his trusty
robot, none other than R2-D2. To put it short and simple, see this man play his music. I
seriously wanted to learn how to play guitar and pour out my emotions to everyone after
seeing Jonah play. It was that inspiring. His music was simple, yet perfect, and his
amazing voice was filled with so much passion, backed by some of the most amazing lyrics
I've ever read or heard. His crowd interaction was top-notch as well, to the point where
he told very entertaining stories about his music and songs before, after, and even during
his songs. He also had some hilariously funny comments and stories to tell, some of which
I'll show you right now:
"I'm dedicating this next song to all the bands playing tonight, especially Coheed and
Cambria. Let's be honest, the first time you heard them, you were all like, "What the
"So before the show I'm outside the venue, and this little 13 or 14 year old girl comes up
to me, and asks me to play the song that does "Her hips are like seashells, and I can hear
the ocean when I listen." I told her I would play it, but I felt really bad,
because...well...that song is about giving head. Think about
it...hips...seashells...ocean...hey 14 year old girl, I'm sorry for hurting your 14 year old
ears, but here's your song!"
"I just want to thank you all for coming out tonight and supporting these fine bands."
[someone in the crowd yells "You suck!"] "Well, you know what, that's cool too, because
I don't expect everyone to like me. But while you may not come here to listen to me, I
assure you that nobody here comes here to fucking listen to you." [crowd explodes in
laughter and cheering]"
I purchased his new CD, Visitor for ten bucks after the show. If Jonah ever comes
to your neck of the woods, see him, for an awe-inspiring experience.
By the time Coheed and Cambria was about to come on, the crowd got larger
than ever, and everyone was pushing towards the front. When Claudio Sanchez stepped
onstage, the crowd cheered like mad, probably just because he looks so damn cool. They
began playing the intro to "Time Consumer", but then they pulled something unexpected.
They broke right into "Neverender", which was awesome, and fooled a lot of people.
They had so much energy it was unbelievable, and their bassist is truly amazing, especially
live. Coheed ended up playing their ENTIRE CD, with a brand new song titled "The
Upper Armories Of The Third Deep" thrown in there, which is an amazing song. They
played for nearly an hour, which was new for them, for they were used to playing five
song sets as a supporting act. Their setlist went as follows:
"Time Consumer Fake-Out"
"Hearshot Kid Disaster"
"God Send Conspirator"
"The Upper Armories Of The Third Deep"
"Devil In Jersey City"
I have some advice for all of you who read this review. See this tour. You won't be disappointed, and the caliber of bands on the tour is astounding.