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The Prize Fighter Inferno
Origin Valley Cottage, New York, USA
Genres Folk Rock
Experimental Rock
Years active 1999 – present
Labels Equal Vision Records
Claudio Sanchez

The Prize Fighter Inferno is an acoustic/electronica solo side project of Claudio Sanchez, the lead singer and lead/rhythm guitarist for the band Coheed and Cambria. The first album, called My Brother's Blood Machine was released on October 31st, 2006 through indie label Equal Vision Records. According to My Brother's Blood Machine liner notes, Claudio recorded the album over a period of seven years with "...random recording devices...". Despite popular misconception, The Prize Fighter Inferno is entirely Claudio Sanchez, and not a fully fledged band. As of August 2009, Sanchez has been reportedly working on a follow up album to 2006's "My Brother's Blood Machine" releasing updates of the album's status on his Twitter account every few months. On September 25, A new song called "Gears" was introduced in the trailer of Claudio's comic series Kill Audio.



Before the album's release, four official songs were available for listening online:

  • The Fight Of Moses Early & Sir Arthur McCloud (released on the 10th of November, 2005 on Myspace)
  • The Margretville Town Dance (later changed to The Margretville Dance) (released on the 10th of November, 2005 on Myspace)
  • The Missing McCloud Boys (originally called I'm Going To Kill You*) (released on the 10th of November, 2005 on Myspace)
  • Who Watches The Watchmen? (released on the 9th of October, 2006 on Myspace)

These songs are available on the band's official MySpace page. The first single in the album is "Who Watches The Watchmen?" A 30 second clip of the song "78" was available on various websites advertising the release of the CD.

  • I'm Going To Kill You was released on an Equal Vision Records "Inventing The Scene" compilation in 2003.

Other songs

In 2004, a leaked recording of several In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 acoustic demos made its way to several P2P networks. Among these were a few Prize Fighter Inferno demos, including "Blood Machine," "Run Like Hell," and "Your Love" (a The Outfield cover).

On May 25th, 2008, a song titled "From China With Love" was posted on the official MySpace along with a short blog entry explaining that Claudio Sanchez now wasn't sure that leaving it off My Brother's Blood Machine was the best idea, and that it was being released online to tide fans over until the next album, which the reader is assured is in the works.

When the 4th issue of Kill Audio was released, people who had ordered via MerchNow received a vinyl EP entitled Beaver Records, This EP included Gears and Erizo Schultz.

Live Performance

On December 5th, 2008, Claudio performed live, acoustically, under the PFI name for the first time as part of a special support act for the delayed 2nd night of Coheed and Cambria's Neverender shows in London, UK. For this he played 3 cover songs and 3 PFI songs (detailed below), including a new song. It's not 100% certain that it will be a future song for Claudio's Prize Fighter Inferno project or something else. On the night he announced that it was a song he wrote a few days before while in London and that it was an idea for a story/musical he was writing with his fiance called "Rosie Barber and the Family Massacre". The title of the song came from a book Claudio's fiance was reading at the time (The Echomaker) and he felt it fit in with the subject of the story - that being from the view of a murderer and that echoes can be metaphors for memories. The setlist of that night was as follows:

1. "Your Love" (The Outfield cover)
2. "Purple Haze" (Jimi Hendrix cover)
3. "Wayne Andrews, the old bee Keeper" (PFI song)
4. "The Echomaker" (new song)
5. "Who Watches the Watchmen?" (PFI song)
6. "Faithfully" (Journey cover)



Music videos

Year Title Image Link Director Album
2007 "Who Watches the Watchmen?" [1] - My Brother's Blood Machine

The Characters Of "My Brother's Blood Machine"

Like the albums of Coheed and Cambria, this album is a concept album that tells a story. It contains many of the same recurring themes as the Coheed and Cambria story, such as love, the importance of children, and death. The album is being told from the point of view of a character known as "The Prize Fighter Inferno" a.k.a. Jesse from the Coheed and Cambria concept. He is also featured in The Amory Wars, Sanchez's comic books about the Coheed and Cambria story.

The name of the album, My Brother's Blood Machine, is a phrase that appears in Coheed and Cambria's In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. This story is set in the past of the universe from the Amory Wars. In an interview with in 2005, Claudio Sanchez has said that the two stories "do connect, but not in the most obvious way."

Long-arm and Butchie Bleam brothers brought together by physical distortion and social seclusion are about to find themselves in the running for the most unusual job in the world.....DEATH! Listen to the story unfold as we follow these two misunderstood yet maniacal minstrels of macabre in a neverending race for ultimate power. Listen to the disturbing details as the songs takes you through the hell that is the Blood Machine. This is a story being told in song......this is hell being unleashed through love and sound...... I am the hitchhiker doomed to tell the tale of Margretville, I am your Guide, I am the Prizefighter Inferno.

In an interview posted by MTV News on September 29th, 2006, Claudio goes into much greater detail about the plot:

"Well, this story actually acts as a prequel to the Amory Wars," the center of the Coheed and Cambria mythology, Sanchez explains. The Inferno character, who appears in the Coheed concept as a man named Jesse, "dies in the Good Apollo: Volume One, and is resurrected on present-day Earth. So he leaves the solar system that the story takes place in, and gets resurrected in the present day. But before he can tell the story of the Amory Wars, he needs to tell the story of the Blood Machine.

"The Blood Machine revolves around three families, one being the Bleam family, who are our horrific sort of 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' family," he continued. "There's the McCloud family — where we have our main character, Cecilia — and the Early family. And [Cecilia's] love interest is the son of that family, Johnny. And there are so many subplots. One, for example, talks about how Cecilia's father happens to molest her, and eventually she can't take it anymore and tries to convince Johnny to leave with her. She steals her two brothers, who happen to be twins, and Johnny decides not to go. So she ends up running away with the twins into the woods, where she meets the Bleam family."

Sanchez said that there are two Bleam brothers — Long-Arm and Butchie — who are horrific monsters. "Their mother happens to be crazy, and she ends up telling these two kids that 'God has come to me with a higher calling for you — you need to be the new Death,' and she tells them that they have to go out and collect souls for God," he explained. "And so, out of their mind, they're like, 'OK, so when a body dies, how do we get the soul out of it?' They construct this Blood Machine, which basically tears a body to shreds, and they think that releases the soul."

Sanchez said there are numerous subplots that will unfold as well, including the elaborate background of the Bleam kith: The family's patriarch, a meth addict, dismembers his wife when he catches her pinching from his stash, and her death sends the Bleam boys on a downward spiral toward complete madness.

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