I was fortunate to speak with Travis Stever, one of the founding members of Coheed and Cambria and their rhythm guitarist about their upcoming show, their brand spankin’ new album “The Color Before the Sun,” and their huge tour coming up in 2016 with the always epic Glassjaw.
Josh: You guys have played at the Norva several times over your career. Do you have any memories that standout from any of your visits to Norfolk?
Travis: We love it. There’s something about going there. When we started playing bigger venues, the Norva was one of the first to pick us up and they always treat you awesome. There are the awesome dressing room games and just a great vibe. Virginia in general is just great; we have lots of friends in Richmond too.
With your headlining tour coming up in 2016, you guys are bringing along a staple in the music scene, Glassjaw. How did that come about? Have you guys ever toured together?
We’ve played with them a few times over the years; in fact they played the first show of our last tour in Asbury Park, New Jersey, but they weren’t able to do any more dates. We’ve all been fans forever. I bought one of their records when I was 19 or 20 and the rest of the band got into them when “Worship and Tribute” came out. We actually have toured with Daryl (their vocalist) with his other project Head Automatic years ago.
This is the first time as a band that you guys have strayed from the conceptual album format. How did this come about?
It was a Claudio decision and we were supportive. He had so much going on (new father), he basically just wanted to write about his life and not anyone else or have it masked by the story. It was a conscious decision to do this this time, knowing I’m going to spill my heart out without anything else masking it. More concise songs. It’s still a Coheed record. Every record is completely different, so I don’t consider this one to be different.
How does it feel to finally have it out and performing the songs? Has it changed the dynamic of your live shows?
You know, the concept has never dictated how we performed live and even musically. The music always has come first. For the new album, playing it live is cool because we tracked it completely live. If anything it’s really easy to reproduce what we did on the record sonically live. We’ve always been able to, but there is this new energy and vibe that came with recording live. The concept has never affected anything live, ever.
Coheed’s been in the music industry for quite some time and has seemed to make it through pretty unscathed at that. What’s the primary reason for this?
Fans, first and foremost. Fans have carried Coheed through thick and thin. We’ve all had our own personal things at different times. It’s no secret that Josh and Mike left. I think this is the strongest lineup we’ve ever had and the fans have always stuck with it. There’s a drive and dedication that starts with Claud and we have always wanted everything to keep going. Being in Coheed is like being at home, it’s this thing you’ve watched grow. It’s like another child in your life. To see people enjoy it and how you’ve affected lives in a positive way… It’s almost bigger than me and I feel safe in it. Coheed never seems to dry up.
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