To avoid such pitfalls, the band has started booking summer festival shows, which offer longer set times. They're also not afraid to ask for help.

"We've played shows with just guitar, bass, drums and vocals, like raw rock versions of the songs, as well as done the backing track thing," Keenan says. "For this upcoming show at the California Music Festival, we're bringing on a drummer and a bassist who are actually two members of Comfort for Change that are going to help us out at the show. Angel's gonna move from drums to keyboards. Ben [Anderson] from Comfort is gonna play drums. I'm gonna give the bass to [Comfort for Change guitarist] Anthony [Gabuzzi] and I'm gonna focus on keyboards, so that way, we're gonna be able to get the full experience."

Perhaps the biggest challenge looming for ALOS is determining what they will do for a follow-up, having set the bar so high with The Apneist. At this point, they're not sure if they want to follow in the footsteps of Coheed and Mars Volta by making additional concept albums.

"If this becomes a really big success, people are just gonna expect concept albums from us," Keenan says. "I definitely wouldn't rule it out, but at the same time, it sounded like a great idea at the time — 'Oh, let's do this (multimedia concept), we'll get everything and it'll be awesome!' But the scope of the whole thing, it's definitely a 'cancel your social life' type of experience. It's just such an enormous time commitment."

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Horboy80
Horboy80

I have been listening to these guys for about a year now. Still have not got tired of it. Very much looking forward to the comic book. Read about the back story and look at the art work while your listening to this album and you will be transported to another world.

Jay
Jay

For those who may be interested, the album is available on emusic.com - I am downloading as we speak.

 
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