October 22, 2013 Coheed and Cambria, Balance and Composure, & I the Mighty kick off their tour at Starland Balroom, NJ 10-16-13 (Exclusive Coverage)
Coheed and Cambria announced a US tour for this fall with direct support Balance and Composure, and I the Mighty. The tour is continued support of Coheed and Cambria’s newest album The Afterman: Descension. The 17 date tour made Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, NJ their first stop on Wednesday October 16th.
Equal Vision artist I the Mighty, kicked things off at Starland Ballroom. Joining this tour all the way from San Francisco, California I The Mighty can be described as energetic, lively, and a feel good band. Each song achieving catchier melodies and more upbeat percussion. You just can’t help but want to sing along with Brent Walsh (vocals). The gratefulness they displayed on stage for being a part of the tour was evident throughout their set, constantly thanking the crowd and Coheed and Cambria for having them. During the end of I the Mighty’s set Walsh lifted up his arm displaying a tattoo of “The Keywork”, a logo Coheed has used for their band since the beginning. Walsh then proceeded to ask whom else in the room has shown their love for the headlining band by permanently displaying it on their body. While the crowd roared with support the band left the stage making way for the second act.
Doylestown, Pennsylvania favorites Balance And Composure were greeted with an applause that rocked the ballroom as they entered the stage. Seeing quickly why this band has grown so much hype since forming in January of 2009 is easy as you watch Jon Simmons (guitarist), strum while apathetically singing lyrics we can all relate to and appreciate. Playing crowd favorites from previous records and their newest release, The Things We Think We’re Missing. The crowd was the order and Balance And Composure our Shaman; we bobbed and rocked back and forth in a trance like state, mesmerized by these talented individuals. As the set came to an end we were all ready to experience what we truly came for…
Starting off what was bound to be a most epic performance was the song “Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant”. Singer and guitarist Claudio came on stage with high energy, heavy riffs, and of course his signature hair that would make any hair metal junkie proud. Coheed and Cambria from Nyack, New York have always held a special place in their hearts for Starland Ballroom in Sayerville. Filming the March 22nd, 2005 Live CD/DVD there titled, Coheed and Cambria: Live at the Starland Ballroom you could tell they were happy to return and ready to create a night just as unforgettable as the DVD portrayed. Throughout their fourteen song set, including 2 encores, Coheed played such fan favorites as “House Atlantic”, “Devil in Jersey City”, “In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3”, and “The Suffering”. Each song brought a higher level of energy making you realize what a true rock concert is all about, and with enough lighting and smoke to put Kiss to shame. With twenty five or so more dates left on their tour, don’t be a fool, go out and see this great American rock band perform with two solid opening acts.
Written by Jesse Murch