Coheed and Cambria have shared the official music video for Shoulders, their first proper studio recording in almost three years. Streaming now on the band’s YouTube channel, the Max Moore directed video captures the band delivering a powerful performance of the track set within a cavernous industrial space.
“As a band, we’ve always been a little outside of the mainstream and that’s helped keep us true to ourselves. As people, it’s important to focus on your strengths and who you are, and not try too hard for acceptance. Everyone is special and has their own unique contributions and that’s what the video represents,” remarked the group.
The song Shoulders was officially released on July 21 and has already amassed over 1,000,000 streams.
“A total banger… as explosive and catchy as anything they’ve ever released,” declared Revolver, with Guitar World attesting “Coheed and Cambria have come out swinging.” Rock Sound enthused, “‘Shoulders’ presents all of the things that makes the band so incredible in one special package. Riffs that ratter your bones, soulful vocals that grip your throat and a chorus that is so catchy that it’s hard to believe it’s real. It’s quite simply epic and a welcome return from one of the best bands to build worlds with their music.”
For the last 20 years, Coheed and Cambria have continuously broken the mould of what a rock band can be, forging their own path and building a universe around their music unlike any other. Whether it is in the way their genre-spanning approach to songwriting has allowed them to bridge worlds without being contained to one, or the multifaceted story arc of their albums and comic book series which mark the longest running concept story in music, Coheed and Cambria have consistently shaped new standards, never conformed.
Shoulders touches on the highs and lows of this journey, and how at times it can be frustrating to be an outsider to trendy circles, but in the end, doing it your own way has the biggest rewards.
Coheed and Cambria vocalist / guitarist Claudio Sanchez commented on Shoulders noting, “In art, in your career, in relationships… No matter how much you give of yourself or try, you have to accept that not everything in life can be a perfect fit.”
Ironically, Shoulders might be the band’s most accessible material of their career, built with ferocious riffs and a towering chorus – maybe it’s time for the best of both worlds.
Soon Coheed and Cambria will embark on a outdoor co-headlining amphitheatre tour with The Used. The 18-city U.S. tour, will begin on August 27 in California. The late summer journey will feature special guests Meet Me @ The Altar and carolesdaughter on select dates and will close out in Jacksonville, FL on September 24. A full list of dates can be found with additional information at www.CoheedAndCambria.com.
It’s been almost three years since Coheed and Cambria’s 2018 album, Vaxis I: The Unheavenly Creatures, was released as the band’s “return to concept” album. After stepping away with a more introspective album in 2015, frontman Claudio Sanchez and the band returned to the sci-fi universe of The Amory Wars in what was said to be the first of a 5-part series of albums. With the release of Shoulders, and a major summer tour now announced, the volume of fans’ chatter for “Vaxis 2” are already loading up the band’s social media pages.