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"I personally don't have any kind of religion. My mother is a Christian, and I always kind of think that the Bible is just a story--no offense to you or anyone. Honestly, that's what I feel the Bible is, and if it is, then maybe I can make one up, too. It's a book about the things that happened before we are now. At the same time, I know that this is not real. I'm not thinking that my thoughts are correct and that's what people are to believe. They're ridiculous, so maybe the Bible is."
(About his level of guitar playing) I'm learning new stuff everyday. I don't think I'll ever be a master. I've seen guys that are way ahead of me.
(About the constant questions about his influences and links to Led Zepplin) It's gotten to the point where my responses are kind of programmed. Now, I'll just say,'Yeah, Led Zeppelin, yeah, Pink Floyd, yeah, Queen, too.' Still, if it ain't broke, you know?
(About the current status of the comic part of the story) Well, originally with Second Stage, at the time, Coheed and Cambria didn't really have the pull we do now, although still in that world (in the comical world), we still don't have that strong of a pull. At the time, Wes Abbot was really the only guy willing to work on this project, so we took what we could at the time. Wes was great, I still think he's a great guy, but unfortunately due to his schedule, he couldnt couldn't continue the Second Stage Series. He had other things he had to do. When it was time to record Good Apollo, I thought I would try something different with this and maybe put out the story at the same time as the record. That's when we found Christopher Shy -- we did the album art, and graphic novel with him. And that was great, but at the same time the story telling is a little weird. I mean, I think Christopher is a beautiful artist, but some of the story kinda gets lost in there. And also at the same time, on my fault, it's part four that the story that really hasn't even been told yet. It's a little premature. I think most readers get confused by it. Also, another thing is, financially, the script was longer. We couldn't complete all of it because I just didn't have the money, so we had to break it down into 120 pages -- A lot got lost. But now it's like "The Amory Wars" is basically the replacement of "The Bag Online Adventures," the whole saga now is called, "The Amory Wars." With this series that is coming out in Feburary, this will be the Second Stage portion and we'll take it from there. Then we'll go into "In Keeping." We'll just do it in a chronological order instead of messing it up.
(About whether he'd co-headline another tour like he did with Avenged Sevenfold) You know, it's hard to say. They are very nice guys and we got along with them very well, but I think from both parties the tour was a little weird for our audiences. For their audience, and our audience. I just don't know if it's something we would try to do again.
(Asked about his favorite band as far as friends go) I think on a friendship level, definitely Thursday and Thrice. We've developed a great relationship with those bands and we've always had fun playing with them. You know, any others... it's hard to say. There have been so many. I'd have to go with those two.
(On whether he's ever learned to play bass or drums) Oh, yeah! Without a doubt! I mean, bass is very similar to guitar, but there are definitely techniques. You can't just say, "You know, because I play guitar, I can play bass." It doesn't really work that way. Drums, yes, definitely. Our last tour with Avenged, we had a jam room and we had the drums set up and a bunch of amplifiers and when Josh wasn't playing, I would be in there hitting those drums. That was my first love... to be a drummer, it just didn't pan out that way.
(When asked if he has any pre-show rituals) You know, not really. A pre-show ritual would be a lot of warming up, a lot of stretching. Not so much of the body, but a lot of vocal stretching.
(about turning down a makeover from the Queer Eye guys) "I'd be pissed if they cut off all my hair. That's where I get my thunder. Shazam!"
(about what sort of sound to expect from the follow up to GAIBS4 Vol 1) It's so hard to say. I have been working on material, but nothing is concrete. It's definetly going to be different. With each record we've had so far the material was written before the record was actually recorded, whereas this one, I decided to take a break from that approach and write for the record instead of it just being where I am writing, writing, writing and here comes the day to record. Now it will be more in the moment, record to the moment or write to the moment -- excuse me. This is the end of the concept, it's gotta be darker, and it's just gotta be magical! Ahaha.
(after being asked what he would like to change about what he has accomplished and what he would like to accomplish in the future) There is nothing I'd like to change. I'd like to obviously get the records done for the story. Just to actually see them, you know? Here is this body of work and along with that, the graphic novels or comics or however you want to describe them. Just to see those all done in their tangible form. Just to look at their body of work and then say, "Ok, what's the next step?", and in hopes maybe the next step is to put out a movie or something. I'd just like to keep going with it. I don't want this project to die, really.
(asked to give one piece of advice about life to his fans) Always have a plan b. I had one, and I got lucky at the last minute. At the time I was going to school for audio engineering. The band thing was working out, but at the same time I was getting too old, and I didn't know if I could do this for the rest of my life. Just as I went out and got a job, the band got signed to Equal Visions, so I was very fortunate.
(asked which member of the band can handle their drink the best)TRAVIS STEVER, BY FAR! He's up 'til seven in the morning!
A lot of the concept is based on factual things. You know, a lot of the things that I have experienced, I then have put into the story.
But all of these characters have some significance to my life and the trials that they go through as well, but again, it's taken place inside a piece of fiction, in an alternate reality, so therefore making it fiction. I think the story behind the story is just as interesting as the concept and I think at some point when deciphering that code becomes or gets old, then it will be about... what's behind it.
I love to experiment, like this next record, I've been writing a bunch of material on not so much piano, because I don't really play piano, but I wanted to see what it'd be like to try to write a song on a different instrument. Not an entire piece, but parts. Like focus on that, and see what melody comes out of that using this instrument. I've just kinda been just going all over the place on this next one in hopes of making something really cool, unique, and different.
I recently saw Sin City. And though I was always a fan of Frank Miller, I somehow missed the comic on which it was based. But given my current focus on graphic novels, I went back and read it, and it was amazing.
We're not here to make hit singles, although we do have songs that can be single-worthy, but that's not our intention. Our intention is to make a great album, and not just focus on whats going to sell records. It's what will make us happy, and what in our vision will be the best overall work. That's pretty much it, and as for why we do that... well... that's why! Haha.
Well, my thing is, I am more of an album guy. I never really grew up listening for singles. It was always the deep cuts of a record, what made this a great piece of work. And it's not just the singles, not what made that record sell millions. It's really the work as a whole.
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