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Coheed and Cambria / onelinedrawing / Hopesfall

Coheed and Cambria / onelinedrawing / Hopesfall: live in Old Bridgelive in Old Bridge (2003)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: danperroneDan Perrone
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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 favor.


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 chance, though.

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 fuck?"

"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"
"Neverender"
"Delirium Trigger"
"Hearshot Kid Disaster"
"33"
"Time Consumer"
"God Send Conspirator"
"The Upper Armories Of The Third Deep"
"Devil In Jersey City"
"Everything Evil"

ENCORE

"Junesong Provision"

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.

 

 
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Kurt_F (February 7, 2003)

Hopesfall's new album is nothing short of incredible. Anyone who thinks it's generic is not smart.

I can't wait to see this tour next week.

Anonymous (February 6, 2003)

On a side note, check out my site (I wrote this review, by the way) at http://www.theundergroundscene.net

Hot shit. Thanks for the comments, guys.

One more thing, to those of you who choose which submitted reviews go up, don't forget about my review of the new AFI CD!

Anonymous (February 6, 2003)

i would shoot some nasty comment your way, but i know you're right. it's completely dumb, immature, and weak of my. oh, and i'm not wearing glasses (though i do have contacts) or a sweater

Then at least shut the hell up about "Oh no, it's Valentines Day and I'll get all depressed"

Boo-fucking-hoo.

Go out and get a girl or at the very least stop bitching.

Anonymous (February 5, 2003)

"Damn. That is just....emo. Take off the sweater and glasses and go to the show already. Geez."

i would shoot some nasty comment your way, but i know you're right. it's completely dumb, immature, and weak of my. oh, and i'm not wearing glasses (though i do have contacts) or a sweater

Anonymous (February 5, 2003)

sweet, now i am twice as excited for this show!! I get to go the seattle one next monday. I hope jonah plays some new end original like hostage or lukewarm. i can't wait for coheed - the whole cd!?!?! They didn't play 33 the last two times i saw them - but this time its guaranteed! strong bad is hilarious but i can't believe how fuckin trendy that site has become! it is so emo to like homestar runner - pathetic!

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

i'd like to go to this show, but going by myself to a show on valentines day would just make me too sad


Damn. That is just....emo. Take off the sweater and glasses and go to the show already.

Geez.

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

Ben is a fag.

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

That is one of the most emo-fied comments I've ever heard. Dork.

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

i'd like to go to this show, but going by myself to a show on valentines day would just make me too sad

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

He sings like a she-man.

-sickboi
(the 10 is for the fro)

Hamish (February 4, 2003)

Strong Bad is a character on the Homestar Runner cartoon website (http://www.homestarrunner.com). Every week he answers his emails and it's really, really funny.

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

Joe is from the ataris message board and thinks he is cool!! omg startring line shirts? @ like whoa dewed!omg !lol
-kevi harris

WussEmoRock (February 4, 2003)

good tour, but I'm confused. Those kids in Starting Line shirts, that kept saying how cool Strong Bad were, who the hell is Strong Bad?

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

Geetarchick (February 4, 2003)

i just went to the chicago show the other day and it was one of the better shows i'd been to latey. Quite a few kids didn't dig Jonah as much as i or some other people did, but the crowd was nice and respectful and i didnt' really hear any 'you suck!'s.. co&ca were amazing as usual, code seven was very impressive, and hopesfall just ripped it up like usual. damn good show. good review as well.

newjackshit (February 4, 2003)

coheed are writing some of the most complex excellent songs. they need to put a new record out though. this is actually a good tour..which is something i don't say very often. although, hopesfall sound like every other singy-screamy hardcore band going right now. coheed made this show...and the whole tour. jonah needs to just get Far back together...bottom line.

burstandbloom (February 4, 2003)

That was a great review. Co&Ca is great. Maybe I'll go see this show on Valentine's Day. Great.

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

I saw C&C back in June w/ Finch and The Starting Line.

While I think they are incredibly talented musicians, and they had a good show, I just can't get over the vocals. Remind me way to much of Rush.

sloppyblake (February 4, 2003)

and i must say this is the best tour of the year so far.

sloppyblake (February 4, 2003)

i requested far's mother mary and sure enough, he pulled out one of the most amazing versions of the song i could imagine. he told me he never played that song before than night solo either. that ruled. i don't like lukewarm but i would like to hear neo's titanic as a solo.

TheBouncingSoul (February 4, 2003)

yeap, when i saw him, i remember him doing lukewarm, and a coule others

he took requests from the crowd, it was a fun time

sloppyblake (February 4, 2003)

yah hwm hoodie. werd.

far is amazing. new end original is amazing. i love jonah. he is classic. he even does far and new end original songs during his solo set from time to time.

Hamish (February 4, 2003)

I'm going to the San Francisco date, but just for onelinedrawing. I can't stand Coheed.

TheBouncingSoul (February 4, 2003)

"”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 fuck?”

“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]”"

hahahahaha, how can you not like this guy

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

i go wed in lawrence. i'll be wearing a hwm zipup if anyone is going. say hi!

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

haha, Bilbo Baggins...good stuff. I am entertained.

Jeb

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