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Coheed and Cambria / the Blood Brothers

Coheed and Cambria / the Blood Brothers: live in Clifton Parklive in Clifton Park (2005)
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The doors opened a little earlier than 7, the time on the bill. By 7:11, mewithoutYou was on the stage already, starting off the show with a nice surprise. As they took the stage, dressed in their winter coats and hats, the anticipation grew and the crowd started cheering. They opened with "Paper-Ha.


The doors opened a little earlier than 7, the time on the bill. By 7:11, mewithoutYou was on the stage already, starting off the show with a nice surprise. As they took the stage, dressed in their winter coats and hats, the anticipation grew and the crowd started cheering. They opened with "Paper-Hanger" and a lot of energy. Singer Aaron Weiss swayed rhythmically and awkwardly to his singing, which seems more like very emotional poetry. After the first song was done, the words 'Out of his mind' were the first to pop into my head watching Aaron. They played "Torches Together" next, with Aaron ripping off the jacket and hat in the middle of the song, screaming "Torches together!" With each song, the crowd grew in responsiveness, accepting mewithoutYou as a great live act. They added to the show by playing various instruments such as a pot ("Tie Me Up! Untie Me!"), an accordion ("Son of a Widow") and maracas ("Four Word Letter, Pt. Two"). Drummer Rickie Mazzotta played "My Exit, Unfair" with his head inside his button-down shirt the whole time. Their music was very trippy, emotional and ambient. If you enjoy mewithoutYou on CD, they're just as good, if not better, live.

Having only heard Dredg a few times before seeing them, I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from them. During setup, I saw 2 instruments placed on a table on stage which piqued my interest: A trumpet and some other weird stringed instrument. Within the first minute of their set, opening with "Ode to the Sun," I was sure that this was the best show I'd seen in a while. Jumping right into "Same Ol' Road," I was equally pleased with Dredg. The singer has an awesome live voice that you can't find anywhere else; it just flows through you. The drummer was playing with such strength and the drum volume was so loud that every time the bass drum pumped you felt it hit your face. The energy on stage never let down. The introduction to "Jamais Vu" caught my ear right away. The stringed instrument (anyone know what this is?) came in for the intro to the set closer, "Bug Eyes." I'd recommend seeing Dredg live if given the chance.

The last time I'd seen the Blood Brothers, they were amazing. I was convinced that they put on an amazing life show. By the end of this set, however, they convinced me to never count on a band like the Blood Brothers to put on a great set. Instead, I was deaf and my ears rang so hard I couldn't hear myself think. The entire time I watched the madness on stage, the only thing I was thinking was "if I know the songs and can barely make them out, then how does my friend who has never heard them feel right now?" It kind of sounded like they played most of the songs on Crimes, and one or two more off Burn, Piano Island, Burn. They closed the set putting random noises on a loop and having members of other bands come on stage and make random noises with drums and things. This all added up to the most piercing noise I've ever heard; and fifteen minutes of it. After I could hear myself speak and think again, the crowd let out a barrage of 'You suck!' and 'fuck you!'s.

After the Bros.'s set, the stage opened with fog and bright lights covering everything to the point where you couldn't see anything. Light projected onto the stage with thunder coming from the speakers. Then came "Keeping the Blade" and the recognizable Coheed logo projected onto the stage. Out came Claudio with his double-necked Gibson playing "Always and Never" with nearly everyone in the venue singing along enthusiastically. After the mellow, dramatic introduction came the single, "Welcome Home." For such an intricate band as Coheed and Cambria, I expected much better sound quality than was produced. All the volumes were just too loud and the bass overpowered a lot of the vocals and guitar. Claudio's voice sounded like it was probably good, but you couldn't hear any of the high notes very well through the sound system. Coheed played an hour-long set, including mostly songs from Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. They also played "Favor House Atlantic," "Blood Red Summer" and "In Keeping Secrets of Silence Earth: 3" from the album of which that last song is titled. They ended the set and came out to play a two-song encore, closing the set for good with a 15-minute song from Good Apollo that dragged on in leads for most of the time. The sound quality was a dissapointment, but Coheed still puts on a good live show.

Set lists:

mewithoutYou:

  • Paper-Hanger
  • Torches Together
  • January 1979
  • Tie Me Up! Untie Me!
  • My Exit, Unfair
  • Son of a Widow
  • Four Word Letter (Pt. Two)
Dredg:
  • Ode to the Sun
  • Same Ol' Road
  • ?
  • Jamais Vu
  • Bug Eyes
Coheed & Cambria (incomplete):
  • Keeping the Blade
  • Always and Never
  • Welcome Home
  • Favor House Atlantic
  • Blood Red Summer
  • In Keeping Secrets of Silence Earth: 3

 

 
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Anonymous (January 12, 2006)

Coheed and Cambria are FUCKING AMAZING

Anonymous (December 19, 2005)

Dredg should have had a longer set. They were far and away the reason I went to this show. None of the other bands matched the quality of their performance. A for the blood brothers, they are decent. In spite of the fact I think they are decent they were one of the funnest bands to rock out to. The pit was just taking the energy from the stage and using it to keep the pit going. Coheed puts on a good show. This was an odd mix of bands.

Anonymous (December 1, 2005)

Sounds like a super annoying show. Dudes screaming like girls and dudes playing proggy rock and singing like girls. Wow.

Anonymous (December 1, 2005)

gross.

cherrycolarain (November 30, 2005)

"The Blood Brothers (Amazing) have their own unique style, and as said by Green Vandal there, they are one of the only hardcore bands who can still put a frightening touch to hardcore music. That being said, Coheed And Cambria are pretty good too, although sadly i doubt they'll ever put out another solid realease like "The Second Stage Turbine Blade". Here's to Hope"

That was me, forgot to log on.

Anonymous (November 30, 2005)

The Blood Brothers (Amazing) have their own unique style, and as said by Green Vandal there, they are one of the only hardcore bands who can still put a frightening touch to hardcore music. That being said, Coheed And Cambria are pretty good too, although sadly i doubt they'll ever put out another solid realease like "The Second Stage Turbine Blade". Here's to Hope

GreenVandal (November 29, 2005)

I think the bloods biggest influences are from Antioch Arrow and other gravity records bands. The INFLUENCE is there, but they are definetly their own deal completely. No other bands scares people who like "hardcore" as much and that says something really good about them. Oh, and their music is ingenious.

Anonymous (November 29, 2005)

The Blood Brothers are from any trend band. Yeah, some scene kids Love em' but that does not mean they started just to impress that small area of human population. And agreed, there is no band that anyone could blame the Bros. for ripping off.

hobbitcore (November 29, 2005)

you cpuld make a case that the blood brothers are stealing from Drive Like Jehu

if by Drive Like Jehu you mean Swing Kids then yeah, totally

willoughby (November 28, 2005)

MeWithoutYou DO NOT suck live. I saw them with Brazil who were incredible.

Anonymous (November 28, 2005)

i went to the toronto show.....paid my 30 bucks....watched the BloodBrothers got blown away and left cause the rest of the bands there were SHIT ....

InnuendoAndOutTheOther (November 28, 2005)

score is for Dredg

but all the other bands are good and this show was good...too bad I was tired as hell by the time Co & Ca took the stage

and mewithoutYou suck live

Anonymous (November 28, 2005)

you cpuld make a case that the blood brothers are stealing from Drive Like Jehu

Anonymous (November 27, 2005)

dredg is better than all the other bands on this bill combined

Anchors (November 27, 2005)

I love that whenever somebody is shitting on The Blood Brothers, especially calling them trend riders and what not, and you ask that person who the copied, all you get is a blank stare and something to the affect of "uh.. you know who im fuckin talkin about dont be stupid.''

Not only were the Blood Brothers 100% original when they started, the only band that I can think of who sounds remotely like them is The Red Light Sting.

donkeysdrive (November 26, 2005)

I'm pretty sure Coheed is one of the most amazing bands of this time.

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

fuck the gay brothers. even the fans dont know how many records they put out. hahahahah

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

fuck coheed and cambria.
epic-metal sucked in 1983.

GreenVandal (November 26, 2005)

I saw this tour in Phoenix AZ and was mightily impressed by all bands. Mewithoutyous singer is pretty damn crazy and the blood brothers, while not as good as every other time I saw them, rocked the fuck out. The C&C audience of course didnt like them (big surprise). How can you say the blood brothers are a trend when they basicaly brought the trend into everyones attention? They have been doing this schtick for ever and are far better at it then any of their contemporaries.

And Crimes fucking rules despite what some disapointed scenesters would have you believe.

McGarnicle (November 26, 2005)

I can't understand why Blood Brothers would tour with shit bands. That just means their fans have to pay $25 to see one good band.

Testiclese (November 26, 2005)

"ever since the days of the bloody shit gay bros on hopscotch records i thought to myself...when will that silly gay dude get aids and die. hahahahahaha. they are nothing but trend"

most 'trendy' bands dont put out about 5 full lengths and 2 7" and stay together this long. i mean, they may be to awesome for you to understand, so i guess its easy to call the band trendy.

Testiclese (November 26, 2005)

coheed played 3 songs off their first full length when i saw them last month, and they sounded really good. their encore did last about a half hour too long though

jaxkid1 (November 26, 2005)

Oh, by the way, I went to the Jacksonville stop and I can assure you all that the C&C setlist was much better than is represented here.

And the only songs I recall being played off of Second Stage were "Devil in Jersey City", "Everything Evil", and "Delirium Trigger", as usual.

Blood Brothers weren't that bad either. The night this show was reviewed must have been an off night, because every band on the bill impressed me.

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

"Thats a pretty terrible Coheed and Cambria set. Do they play any songs off their first full length anymore?"

Took the words right out of my mouth.

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

These bands are both overrated rubbish....

TheMarc (November 26, 2005)

This score is for people judging a setlist that is clearly marked "incomplete".

CherryColaRain (November 26, 2005)

And This score is for C&C set list. They could have picked much better songs, as for "Welcome Home" and "Favor House Atlantic"" were probably the only amazing songs C&C picked.

CherryColaRain (November 26, 2005)

My guess is that, Yeah probably Coheed and The Blood Bros. Were having an offnight. Both bands are original and have some amazing music, but one thing is for sure Coheed will never out do The Blood Brothers. Sorry to dissapoint you.

benz (November 26, 2005)

Blood Brothers is the only band on that tour I would actually want to see. Coheed's first CD was good, but I can't stand at all their last two albums.

End unneccesary input.

-benz

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

score is for clifton park, and northern lights. worst club ever.

ps
waterford owns you

swingline (November 26, 2005)

score is for both bands. please share.

colin (November 26, 2005)

wow, anonymous, you obviously have no concept of life.

please grow up.

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

ever since the days of the bloody shit gay bros on hopscotch records i thought to myself...when will that silly gay dude get aids and die. hahahahahaha. they are nothing but trend right down to the tight girl pants and aids infested cum stained faces! shit, maybe he can sleep with dave from afi, and kill him also, too bad it takes so long to set in.

mjg (November 26, 2005)

it's probably the point for the blood brothers to get your ears ringing so you don't hear the shit-fest that is coheed and cambria

colin (November 25, 2005)

hahahaha that coheed setlist is fucking pathetic

as for blood bros, i've heard nothing but good reviews so maybe they were having an off night? dunno.

jaxkid1 (November 25, 2005)

Hahahahahaha.

Sorry, "bloodbrothersburnpiano", that was cute.

bloodbrothersburnpiano (November 25, 2005)

leave it to fans of coheed (a band that doesn't deserve fans) to boo a great band like the blood brothers.

Godfather (November 25, 2005)

score is for coheed and cambria

xblakeyoung (November 25, 2005)

Thats a pretty terrible Coheed and Cambria set. Do they play any songs off their first full length anymore?

Anonymous (November 25, 2005)

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