See Coheed and Cambria Get Weird in Animal Masks in New “True Ugly” Video

Progressive rock stalwarts Coheed and Cambria have been rolling out high-production sci-fi-themed music videos in support of their most recent album Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures, but their latest clip, for the song “True Ugly,” takes a very different tack. The stripped-down visual sees majestically afro’d frontman Claudia Sanchez and his bandmates donning plastic animal masks and trooping around various unidentified spaces; sepia-toned footage of these bizarre misadventures is intercut with the group tearing through the song onstage, as well as with endearing clips of a few lucky fans posing in front of a wall while taking directions from someone offscreen. The result is an engaging and surreal video that captures Coheed’s otherworldly vision while also suggesting their deep connection to their followers and their skill and charisma as a live force.

The band will put the latter on display when they hit the road with likeminded prog masters Mastodon this summer on the Unheavenly Skye Tour, which kicks off in late May. Mastodon is set to play their 2009 concept album Crack the Skye in its entirety on the run in celebration of the record’s 10th anniversary. See tour dates below.

Unheavenly Skye tour dates:
May 28 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater
May 29 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre
May 31 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
June 1 – Simpsonville, SC @ CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park Simpsonville
June 2 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
June 4 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
June 6 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
June 7 – New York, NY @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
June 8 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
June 10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – Outdoors
June 11 – Detroit, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
June 13 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
June 14 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
June 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
June 18 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
June 19 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
June 20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Saltair
June 22 – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor
June 23 – Portland, OR @ Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center
June 25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
June 26 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park – Park at the Park
June 28 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
June 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
June 30 – Phoenix, NV @ Comerica Theatre
July 2 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
July 3 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory