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COHEED AND CAMBRIA unveil visually stunning animated video for brand new single THE LIARS CLUB

Claudio Sanchez, the leader of the interstellar rock band Coheed and Cambria, is arguably at its best when telling musical stories that interconnect with other media – creating the comic book series The Amory Wars for BOOM! alongside a number of their albums, an overarching narrative spanned years and bridged the gap between concept albums and comic books.

More recently, during Coheed and Cambria’s three-decade career, the band has taken advantage of advances and acceleration in technology to use animation in their music videos. So depicting these tales in real time for those who enjoy reading them on the page is a more than welcome addition to fleshing out the story.

Coheed’s current global story is Vaxis, with Vaxis – Act I: Evil Creatures being their most recent album and Vaxis – Act II: A Window of the Awakened Mind currently available for pre-order ahead of a May release. Since then, the group has used animation in several of its music videos. However, it’s worth mentioning that over their decades-long career, occasional animation has reached videos in the past, but never to the level that the band has turned to for their new stories.

Toys: An Evil Christmas Carol and Rise Naianasha: Cut the Cord were the first two Vaxis titles to be animated, and now the band has unveiled a stunning and mind-blowing addition in The Liars Club. Although the video just dropped yesterday, we have a full breakdown of the events along with images showing the animation style of the video along with the lyrics, and finally, the full music video below!


The video opens on a laptop displaying the song title and giving director credit for the music video to Marco Pavone (Tropical, Extra). Shortly after, viewers see the story’s protagonists storming the “Cross Pharmaceutical Therapeutic Research” facility with violent and bloody force.

Shortly after, a young child is shown in a bed under the “care” of a small robot as he shakes attached to wires. Our protagonist couple continue their assault on the establishment and find many creatures trapped in cages and experimented with with different serums, much like the child in bed, seemingly without a cure, from the words of verse one.

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It’s fear that wakes us up
The truth that things are such a mess
Way beyond repair

Your mind out of order
Hard to find the words worth saying
What we do to deserve this
Everything seems broken when you look at it that way
Oh, it’s a disease
And there is no remedy
Oh the truth is so boring

Oh, do you want me to lie?
‘Cause I could do it, baby, I could do it
lie to you
Please ask me to
‘Cause life is so much better
When we just avoid the truth
Baby are you fine
Sleep with me ?

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It’s not long before our protagonists find themselves trapped between the rock and the anvil – with the rock being caught by security and the anvil being the experimental centipede-like beast described above running amok in the installation and rushes.

Luckily, our heroes can position themselves for the creeping experience to smash their way through the stormtrooper-like security forces. All the while, the video returns to the child and the robot regularly alternating between the young boy in his bed and the colorful and intriguing world of wonders happening in his mind as he lies there – that’s what what does the song say.

Deep in disgrace, with empty retreats
Further than it seems
The older I get, the more I grind the pain in my body
Longing for the things that I haven’t achieved
Well I guess I’ll accept this garbage
Death at the wheel with my mom watching
Jealousy here in the backseat

Oh, do you want me to lie?
‘Cause I could do it, baby, I could do it
lie to you
I beg you
‘Cause life is so much better
When we just avoid the truth
Baby are you fine
Sleep with me ?

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Towards the end of the song, Coheed follows up with another 80s reference after frontman Claudio Sanchez made it clear he would on the release. Jessie’s daughter 2 with Rick Springfield and the inclusion of their number change to 867-530(9)5. This time it’s Michael Jackson smooth criminal who gets a shout out with “Baby are you okay?” sounding in tune with the song to which it pays homage.

As the chorus repeats, the action escalates, seeing our protagonists lead the monster to freedom and even help it destroy any army stragglers left standing. Taking the ship back, the duo finally reach the robot, which turns out to be working for them and tending to their child in bed. With a solemn gaze, the parents “sleep with” the child with an open ending and a teaser of a being above, watching over them.

Baby, are you okay?
Oh how are you?
Baby, are you okay?
Agree with that?
‘Cause I can do it baby
Oh, cause I can do it
Oh, cause I can do it

Oh, do you want me to lie?
‘Cause I could do it, baby, I could do it
lie to you
Please ask me to
‘Cause life is so much better
When we just avoid the truth
Baby are you fine
Sleep with me ?

‘Cause I could do it, baby, I could do it
lie to you
I beg you
‘Cause I’d feel so much better
When we just avoid the truth
Baby are you fine
Sleep with me ?

What do you think of these preview images and lyrics from Coheed and Cambria The Liars Club animated music video? Be sure to check it all out for yourself below and share your views in the usual place!

Coheed and Cambria’s new album Vaxis II: A Window to the Awakened Mind will be available on May 27. Pre-order the limited edition box set here.