Known for their use of comics in their art, rockers Coheed and Cambria honed in on two beloved superheroes for their latest video for “Island,” which was inspired by the upcoming blockbuster Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the clip and caught up with frontman Claudio Sanchez, 37, about his longtime love for comics; how his relationship with his writer wife Chondra Echert inspired the video; and how his biggest fan (son Atlas, 21 months) is learning to talk because of his tunes.
Were you a big fan of superheroes and comics growing up?
Oh, absolutely. A big portion of Coheed’s whole story is each record plays a narrative to an accompanying comic book that I write called The Amory Wars. I grew up with that sort of medium in my consciousness, as well as science fiction and fantasy; it was just a means of escape for me.
And your relationship with your wife inspired the narrative of the new “Island” video?
When I think of these two iconic characters, I think of opposite attraction. I think of myself and my wife. How two opposite ends of a spectrum can create harmony and balance. In one way or another, these characters have been paired up with like-minded love interests, the Bat and the Cat [Batman and Catwoman] … The Alien and the Amazonian [Superman and Wonder Woman]… I wanted to bring the Dark and the Light together.
In my relationship with my wife: We couldn’t be anymore different, but yet we’re so attracted to one another, and we work so well together that that’s what I thought it was like – because I feel like they probably work really well together.
How has touring changed since you had a son?
It’s becoming easier, but at first, it was very difficult. It took me a little while to realize that, you know, I’m out here for him. I’m out here to provide the best life I possibly can for Atlas, and my wife and I – because we do work on the comics together – it’s afforded her, and us, the luxury to come out very often, so we’ve broken the tour up so I’m not away from him for more than a week. So it’s getting easier. We’re figuring out a way to make it work.
Does he have any favorite Coheed songs?
He’s very familiar with it. My wife plays it with him in the morning when he’s eating breakfast because he asks for it. He likes “Island,” he very much liked “Eraser” at one point, “Atlas,” “Here to Mars.” His vocabulary is starting to form, but he’s very much into melody, so it’s like a call and response: If you sing a little bit of a line, he’ll respond with what comes next. But he’s a big fan of the record. (Laughs)
He’s almost 2 now, so he’s learning so much: What’s been the most fun thing to see him experience for the first time?
The guitar is one thing. Any time I bring it out, it’s hard for me to finish a song because he wants to strum it, he wants me to play something that he likes; he’s very much into that.
The other thing is Star Wars. I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to Star Wars. There’s a lot of memorabilia around our apartment, so he’s sort of gravitated toward a lot of those things, like the R2D2s on the shelves the C3POs.
One day I played the movie for him, and he was super attentive: He watched the first 30 minutes of it. The first 30 minutes of the movie is the adventures of the droids, which I believe are his favorite. We have this beautiful, like 1977, original Star Wars poster signed by one of the Hildebrandt brothers in our living room, and now it’s gotten to the point where he points at it. And he asks for the movie; he wants to sit and watch the movie.