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Sanchez at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 9, 2010
|Birth name||Claudio Paul Sanchez III|
March 12, 1978 |
Suffern, New York, United States
|Genres||Alternative rock, progressive rock, new prog, electronica, alternative metal, post-hardcore|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, harmonica, piano|
Claudio Paul Sanchez III (born March 12, 1978) is an American writer and musician of Puerto Rican and Italian descent best known for being the lead singer and guitarist for the alternative/progressive rock group Coheed and Cambria. He is the creator of the comic book series The Amory Wars, as well as Key of Z and Kill Audio, both co-written with wife Chondra Echert. Sanchez co-authored the novel Year of the Black Rainbow with Peter David.
Sanchez primarily provides lead vocals and guitar in Coheed and Cambria. However, he has also used theremins, synthesizers and harmonicas in his side projects. Early in his career, Sanchez first performed with several different bands, all of which lasted a short period of time.
After breaking up with Beautiful Loser, Sanchez went on a trip to Paris, where he began writing a story, initially referred to as The Bag.On.Line Adventures of Coheed and Cambria, named after a store near where Sanchez stayed whilst in Paris. Two characters named Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon live in a fictional foreign galaxy known as Heaven's Fence. In the original concept, Sanchez wrote a story about his girlfriend and himself traveling to a new, foreign place, but as the concept expanded the characters started to resemble his parents.
Sanchez was the lead singer and guitarist for Shabütie, which formed in Nyack, New York, in 1995. Shabutie released several EPs and wrote several songs which would eventually be released on The Second Stage Turbine Blade. The band broke after Nate Kelley walked out on a performance, but was later reformed with Josh Eppard replacing Nate Kelley on drums. This new band was dubbed Coheed and Cambria, named after the characters Sanchez had written about in Paris. Coheed and Cambria achieved success on the East Coast after releasing and touring The Second Stage Turbine Blade, and gained mainstream success with the release of In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, thanks to the single "A Favor House Atlantic."
Entry into comics
Sanchez began producing comic books in 2000, beginning with The Bag.On.Line Adventures. The Bag.On.Line Adventures lasted two issues due to problems with the artist, deadlines and financial issues. Sanchez's next project was the graphic novel Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. The graphic novel was released alongside the album of the same name, however Sanchez has stated that the novel was incomplete due to financial issues.
Sanchez began anew in 2008 with the series The Amory Wars, which chronicles events album by album. The Second Stage Turbine Blade was covered in two five-part comic book limited series. Alongside Peter David, Sanchez co-wrote the novel The Amory Wars: Year of the Black Rainbow, chronicling the events of the Year of the Black Rainbow album. Sanchez also released a twelve issue comic book series adapting In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 under the Amory Wars name. A forthcoming adaptation of the Good Apollo 1 storyline was foreshadowed at the end of the twelfth issue.
Sanchez also performs in a side project called The Prize Fighter Inferno. The band is a concept band based on the character Jesse, a boxer known as the Prize Fighter Inferno. The story focuses on The Blood Machine, a vicious contraption that murders its victims and takes their souls. Sanchez also released a two-song 7" vinyl album titled The Beaver Records EP, which is associated with Kill Audio and The Prize Fighter Inferno. On September 8, 2012 Sanchez released his latest piece for his side project the Prize Fighter Inferno, a four-song non-conceptual EP, Half Measures.
- Kerswell, Ronny (January 2008), "Welcome To My World – Claudio Sanchez", Rock Sound 105 (1), pp. 58–59
- Sanchez, Claudio: "The Amory Wars Sketchbook", page 30. Evil Ink, 2007.
- Kitchen Chronicles: The Menna Family (New York, 2003, p.34 [son of L. Mattiaccio & S. Sanchez] and p.39 [2001 Coheed & Cambria band photo]); Interview conducted in Spain, please assist in supplying English reference. Claudio Sanchez states: “It is very exciting for me, personally, I'm half Puerto Rican, and unfortunately I don’t speak Spanish. And it always makes me feel weird cause some people are like “oh you don’t speak Spanish, whatever whatever” like my manager, where the fuck are you?...They give me shit, but I have my reasons, y'know, shit when I was growing up was weird, it just didn’t happen but it doesn’t make me not proud of who I am".
- "Bag On Line - Arts & Métiers/Rambuteau - Paris". Retrieved 27 February 2013.
- "The Neverender Documentary". Columbia Records. Retrieved 18 March 2012.