Backstage Thoughts from Coachella: Coheed and Cambria, Dillinger Escape Plan, Them Crooked Vultures Bring the Riffs
Sat, 17 Apr 2010 15:18:22
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There's always rumbling deep in the heart of the annual Coachella music festival in Indio, CA.
That rumbling typically comes from the various metal and hard rock bands interspersed on the festival's massive bill. In the past, Coachella's featured the likes of Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, Mastodon, Scars on Broadway and Serj Tankian amid all kinds of electronic ambiance, pop prowess and hippie strangeness, and said bands have always played memorable sets.
This year, the newly reunited Faith No More, spastic math metal legends Dillinger Escape Plan, Neurosis-y shredders Baroness, holy triumvirate supergroup Them Crooked Vultures and even new prog masters Coheed and Cambria are shoving some good old fashioned metal up Coachella's collective ass.
Hanging backstage with Coachella's "heavier" proves to be quite interesting.
Dillinger Escape Plan offers quite a surprising playlist selection. Smiling, he exclaims, "I really dig, and this is going to sound completely absurd—but this R&B singer Maxwell put a record out last year that I really liked. It's not that new anymore, but it's killer if you're into legit quality R&B and not the cheesy shit they play on the radio. I've listened to a lot of old Soundgarden recently. I tend to go backwards!"
Musically, Dillinger are more "forward"-thinking than anyone. They put on the most simultaneous hypnotic and heavy show that Coachella's ever seen yesterday, dropping various sonic hydrogen bombs from their latest epic, Option Paralysis.
Meanwhile, Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez offered some thoughts on Hollywood. "I don't mind the remakes and I usually go and watch them," said Sanchez. "At the same time, I'm sure there are so many creative unique and new stories in the world, and I just wish someone would take the chance to make those!"
Well said, Claudio…in fact, your new album Year of the Black Rainbow is more cinematic and original than most big budget studio flicks these days, and you'll most likely evince that on stage too.
The most intriguing Coachella comment came a few days ago from Them Crooked Vultures mainman Josh Homme though. When Them Crooked Vultures destroyed and dazzled Club Nokia on the eve of Coachella this past Wednesday, Homme made a dedication to his old Queens of the Stone Age band mate Nick Oliveri. Right before launching into "New Fang," he announced "This song is about new beginnings. It goes out to my friend Nick Oliveri. It's called 'New Fang.'"
The track had more bite that night and Friday than anything else at Coachella just because Them Crooked Vultures are so goddamn good…
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