By Lisa Henderson
In a society where music in its entirety is quickly deteriorating, innovative projects like Foster The People, Underoath and Coheed and Cambria keep music fans craving more. Foster The People, an indie-pop band from Los Angeles, has quickly moved its way up the charts within the past year. Itsa #1 single, “Pumped Up Kicks” has received continuous play and earned the band nominations for “Best New Artist” and “Best New Video” at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. “Helena Beat,” the band’s upbeat second single, is accompanied by an odd and intriguing music video that opens its audience’s eyes to what a post-apocalyptic America could possibly be like. The band is currently in the middle of a mostly sold-out tour.
Fans of Florida natives Underoath have seen multiple changes to the band’s lineup this year, but the band has held onto its Christian-metal roots. On Oct. 18, the band plans to release a triple-CD set entitled “Play Your Old Stuff,” which is a collection of its most popular albums including brand new artwork, all for an impressively-low price. Those who have supported the band since its beginning view the CD set as a collector’s item. Underoath is also currently touring and will reach the tri-state area in early October.
Coheed and Cambria, hailing from Nyack, New York, has always been consistent with releasing new music for eager fans. 2010’s album Year of the Black Rainbow is the latest installment within a series of albums that are all inspired by the same concept — a series of sci-fi graphic novels called The Amory Wars written by frontman Claudio Sanchez. The band released a sinister new track entitled “Deranged” this month. The song was written for the upcoming soundtrack for Batman: Arkham City, a videogame set for release on Oct. 18.
Be sure to pick up next week’s copy of The Rider News for Part III of the Fall music mini series.