Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, April 22. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event that brings communities together as audiophiles flood local brick-and-mortar stores to support and embrace the traditions of buying their favorite music on vinyl. For the uninitiated, think of it as a Small Business Saturday, exclusively for music. Artists have used the event over the past 10 years to release new music, as well as resurrecting special edition re-releases for their fans.
One band revisiting a previously-recorded release is Coheed And Cambria. With the quartet currently having just begun their NEVERENDER: GAIBSIV tour, it’s only fitting that there will be a reissue of Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness. As previously reported, the album was originally released in 2005 and was the band’s first major label debut. The vinyl release of Good Apollo is a 2-LP set available exclusively in splatter vinyl.
Watch lead singer and writer, Claudio Sanchez, talk about the reissue:
Head out and show your local record store some love this weekend. Mingle. Find some people and talk about music, and make some friends. It’s good to see that, in the digital age, there are still ways to embrace the days of traveling to a store to purchase music.
Speaking of traveling to a place to buy things, and in keeping with the spirit of Coheed And Cambria, the long-awaited comic companion to the Good Apollo album was debuted on April 5. The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #1 is in comic stores now and the subscription is also available on the Boom! Studios official website. If you would rather own the series digitally, you can do that, too.
Sanchez described some of the synopsis of this chapter of his saga, “In the previous stories there’s always a mention of a god type figure and a riddle that all of the inhabitants of Heaven’s Fence have to sort of abide by. We learn in Good Apollo #1 that godlike figure is actually this writer who is experiencing this heartbreak that is making him lose his way and in his absence, the characters are starting to develop the idea of free will, that maybe the prophecies that they’re supposed to abide by are malleable.”
Watch the video for the full explanation. The previous chapters can be found on the Evil Ink Comics site, so catch up!
Fans can keep up with the band on tour by subscribing to their YouTube channel as they document their time on the road.