Coheed is my favorite band, and they did this on their last tour. It was backing vocals and some other effects. Not a fan of it. I wanted to hear how songs that had a lot of different effects translated live, but they just took those effects, played them, and let the band play some other tracks on top live. Almost sounded TOO much like the studio versions. As far as vocals, drums, 2 guitars and 1 bass goes, all those were being played.
Nice read, I enjoy the linking of sports and music.
I definitely agree with the article. In my opinion, a live show isn't supposed to sound exactly like the record. Obviously the band does their best to perfect their live show, but a live show for me is more about energy and the atmosphere than the songs sounding perfect. I've watched many videos from shows I've been to where you focus on the sound and think, man, I thought it sounded much better than that. When you are watching the video though, with video quality aside, you're just focusing on the playing like you would when you listen to the record. Backing tracks, especially in the punk scene, must go.
Also, I remember the first time I discovered backing tracks. I was at a Tree63 concert (grew up on a lot of Christian Rock) and the signature guitar intro from one of their songs came through the speakers...while everyone stood around. I was heartbroken - asked my Dad how they did that, and he explained backing tracks. I was a wreck the rest of the day.
Absolutely love Silverstein, they've been my favorite band for years. Always loved that Shane was a big sports fan. I've talked to him about LeBron, MJ, the Jays and my sorry Mariners. Great piece. I hope he does this often! Thanks Shane and AbsolutePunk.