& Cambria w/supp.: JR Ewing
Rockefeller, Oslo - 14. February 2006
- by Catgirl -
The last 3 weeks I've
been listening to Coheed & Cambria's 2005 release
"Good Apollo I'm Burning Star Volume One: From
Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness." and found myself
falling more and more in love with this conceptual prog
band from New York. So it was with a bit of childish
anticipation I headed for Rockefeller this Tuesday evening.
Earlier that day I was trying to round up who was going
to the concert and at least knew that PJ (Kjella) was
going. I also had a little chat with "Katten"
(Dorte) on msn on the Sunday before and given her
a quick intro to what kind of music C&C is - resulting
in a vague concert date. She needed to check if there
were any tickets left.
Well inside "Møller's"
(the somewhat run down pub close to Rockefeller) I managed
to get Truls (Mastyr) come join me as well. I was sitting
there alone with my water and counting minutes. A quarter
to eight Truls came and we joined the ever-growing line
outside Rockefeller. There's snow all over Oslo these
days, but it wasn't too cold. Besides we had our cigarettes
to keep us warm (eh).
Dorte had sent me an sms
earlier that day that she had her ticket and we should
just meet at Rockefeller. Funny thing. We have only
met once before at Roskilde 2001 when she came to party
with us in FistCamp. This was the year of Tool and Deftones
(one we hope to recreate this year) and Dorte is a big
Tool fan. Now, almost 5 years later we're meeting again
at a concert. I tried to locate PJ by sms as well, but
he had probably turned off his cellphone. Truls and
me bought beers and Dorte joined us shortly after opening
hours. While waiting for the concert the two "cats"
updated ourselves on some of the events that has occured
during the past 4 years. Seems I am the only chatmember
she still has some contact with, so I hope we can change
that now when she lives in Oslo.
show must go on...
Originally this concert was set to play January 16 with
Thrice, but the concert was moved due to C&C singer
Claudio Sanchez's hand injury, and the Norwegian hardcore
band JR Ewing later replaced Thrice on the bill.
JR Ewing has recently released
their album "Maelstrom" which has harvested
pretty good reviews both in Norway and internationally
and especially for the same reason I bought the album
- the earlier hardcore band has successfully turned
more progressive. One step to the side and five fast
forward if you ask me. This album deserves your attention!
Tonight was their first concert
ever to be played at Rockefeller and as the band commented
being a band for 10 years it was about time!".
Most of their set was taken from their new album and
it sounded even better live. Singer Andreas Tylden almost
struts around the stage bursting with energy and you
can see they're enjoying themselves up there. The band
have earlier toured with Mars Volta, Turbonegro, High
on Fire and The Locust and guitarist Erlend Mokkelbost
is also part of the much appraised band KILLL
After the Norwegian maelstrom
came the American hurricane...
Coheed & Cambria enters
the stage and the crowd explodes in applause as the
first tones from "Keeping The Blade" seeps
into the air illustrated by animation excerpts on the
backdrop. The short but sweet intro then errupts into
the much heavier "Welcome Home" and the crowd
starts jumping. You can feel the floor giving way to
the weight of a sold out Rockefeller. I exchange a smiling
glance with Truls who also grins at the experience.
No need to talk - we recognize pure joy in crowd when
we see it. The setlist should be something like this,
but there might be something missing or misplaced:
|Keeping the Blade
Blood Red Summer
Once upon Your Dead Body
Devil in New Jersey
In Keeping Secrets
Final Cut (the really loooong version)
Unfortunately I haven't had
the time to listen to the other C&C album I've got,
so I could only recognize the ones from "Good Apollo,
Both "Once Upon Your Dead Body" and "Wake
Up" are favorite songs of mine along with "The
Final Cut", and I was very pleased to hear them
being played even more powerful live. His voice never
falters and his presence is absolute as we all sing
to the sky; "I hope you die right now...Will
you drink my chemical?..Oh..and if you cry out loud..it
will only make me feel too good"
The band had very little
contact with the audience throughout the entire concert,
but a few words were spoken in between songs. This comment
from Sanchez probably got the Rockefeller crew scrambling
to their feet: "You
call this a drink? It's fucking DIET coke! Someone get
me a new one.".
And of course he had to go and wish us all
Happy Valentine's Day...to which the response was a
mix of cheers and boooos. "Wake up" is a very
beautiful and quite romantic song and all the Valentine's
couples around us were smooching away while we simply
enjoyed the music. The concert ended with a really long
and Pink Floydish "The Final Cut". The original
track plays around 6 minutes, but live they must have
gone on for at least 10 minutes with those guitars.
And to compare this with Mars Volta's long escapades
with guitars - I wasn't bored outta my wits this time!!!
After the concert was through
we had a nice little chat with Agnete Kjølsrud
(vocalist of Animal
Alpha) as she turned to Truls and expressed her
joy over sharing concerts with other true music lovers.
She must have seen us next to her - smiling and heavily
nodding our heads through the show. She's very often
at the same concerts as us and that's cool. Animal Alpha
is one of my favorite Norwegian bands, and it's reassuring
to see the singer at concerts like ISIS, KILLL and C&C.
The girl is the closest I've seen to a female version
of Mike Patton. She could also disclose that the special
microphone she uses is not the same kind that Patton
has, but a harmonica microphone. Kicks ass live!!!
Coheed & Cambria -
The BIG Picture
I would like to include a short introduction from the
official website for the comic albums that the Coheed
& Cambria albums are created around...and I urge
you to check out the website and read more about the
band, the man, the comics...
concept behind the Coheed and Cambria albums is fully
entitled: The Bag.On.Line Adventures and
is made up of 5 stories: the Second Stage Turbine
Blade, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:
3; Good Apollo, Im Burning Star IV,
Vol 1 and 2, and The Bag.on.line Adventures
of Coheed and Cambria (the prequel). Each story
represents one album of the same name.
story centers around the Kilgannon Family: Mother and
Father Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon, their four children
- Matthew, Maria, Josephine and Claudio, and Coheeds
brother, Jesse (aka, Inferno).
party of Heavens Fence have convinced Coheed and
Cambria that they were previously implanted with a deadly
virus (the Monstar) that, if is released, the entire
energy force (The Keywork) for civilization will be
destroyed. Even worse, they are led to believe that
they genetically passed the virus off to their children,
where it mutated into an even more powerful viral stream
(the Sinstar), that has no antidote and even graver
consequences for the Fence."
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