What’s going on in the head of Mr. Claudio Sanchez? When I heard that Coheed And Cambria was taking a hard left from their conceptual makeup in previous albums (goodbye Armory Wars, we hardly knew ye), I was excited. Change is always a good thing and I’ve never really been disappointed with their entire discography. It takes a lot of creative umph to put a whole extensive universe together. I’ve always wondered if the band could make an album just drawn from their own experiences. If we can come back to earth a bit as opposed to the other world/dimensions/beams of energy from the Armory Wars. Enter The Color Before The Sun and it’s first single, “You Got Spirit, Kid”. Sometimes, wishes come true better than you could ever imagine.
The nuts and bolts of the entire song are particularly upbeat, even going into a pop realm. Coheed has always had an aptness to make songs where the chorus will get stuck in your head like an arrow in the heart of an apple, accented by catchy guitar riffs from Sanchez and guitarist Travis Stever. Drummer Josh Eppard keeps the danceability here with this particular cadence. There’s a singalong element even though the lyrics are tongue and cheek. They can almost describe how young people feel in today’s day and age. I also feel that this can also be a little jab at the nature of the music industry. A satire-like critique on how fickle it can be where the powers that be can inflate you for your notoriety and be done once it dies down.
The first verse comes from the perspective of whoever is giving some sort of stage or power. “Go on time to be a good little pig/You’re worth it/Oh, your so, so”. The second verse comes from the person who is trying to make it in whatever dream they want to dabble in and unfortunately, admits defeat. “You..I’ll never have the chance that you got/..I’ll just accept I’ll be forgotten”. The chorus ties everything together, which is contradictory in a funny way (“You’ve got spirit kid/You’re number one/Cause nobody gives a fuck who you are”). Have we’ve grown to be so capricious? With how upbeat the music is, it almost highlights how much of a bummer “the fall” really is.
I fear that older fans will be running from the theater screaming fire because the upcoming album is not one of concept. While we forge into the heart of summer, “You Got Spirit, Kid” brings back a little bit of older Coheed with a new concept that it’s entirely personal. I want to see where this goes now that I know that we will be in this galaxy.
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