Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Coral Dive Back into Music ; Indie Band Are Back Together and Finding New Fans with Latest Album

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Coral Dive Back into Music ; Indie Band Are Back Together and Finding New Fans with Latest Album

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IT was during a visit to a motorway service station that Wirral indie band The Coral first heard the news that they'd be supporting The Stone Roses at Etihad Stadium - news delivered to them by none other than Ian Brown himself.

"It was random," smiles Coral frontman James Skelly. "We were on our way to play a gig, and there's Ian Brown filling his car up.

"And the first thing he says to us is 'You boys are supporting us at the Etihad!' We knew there was a chance of us doing it, but Ian was the first person to confirm it.

"What a way to hear the news." Whilst Brown and co and have understandably grabbed all the headlines when it comes to epic 2016 indie comebacks, we mustn't overlook the glorious resurrection from another bunch of British indie treasures: The Coral.

After five years out of the spotlight - during which they pursued various solo projects - The Coral finally returned in March with their acclaimed eighth studio album, Distance Inbetween.

Showcasing The Coral at their very best - that is, mixing divine pop melody with a darker, more sinister psychedelic undercurrent - the album was accompanied by a sold-out UK tour that firmly underscored just how sorely The Coral were missed during that lengthy sabbatical.

For anyone who attended those barnstorming live shows, the secret to the band's triumphant comeback was clearly twofold: a chance to re-connect with those devoted fans who'd followed them from the very start; and a joyful introduction to a whole new generation of younger fans who, during the band's absence, had discovered The Coral through streaming services or elder siblings' record collections.

"There's loads of kids who discovered us through (2010 album) Butterfly House," Skelly says.

"And they've never had the chance to see The Coral live. But we didn't wanna make this comeback a nostalgia thing.

"We still played old songs like (2002 hit) Dreaming Of You, but the first five songs of the set all came from the new record. There's a lot more new music to come from this band."

When the five-piece began their much-needed hiatus in 2011 ("We were spent," says Skelly), they did so on the back of a prolific run of six albums and 17 singles in ten years, taking in number one albums, a Mercury Prize nomination, and a musical legacy which gave birth to an entire 'Cosmic Scouse' band scene in Liverpool. …

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