Indie wonders The Coral are back with glorious new record ‘Move Through the Dawn’ and a highly-anticipated live tour to boot. Damian Robinson caught up with frontman James Skelly to chat about the new record and the band’s love of Newcastle’s Riverside venue.
A month after the release of new album ‘Move Through the Dawn’, how are you finding the response to the album?
I’m a bit surprised about how well the album has gone down, to be honest. Both this album and our previous one have been really well received and it’s quite a shock. To be honest, I’m kind of surprised by a lot of the reaction we receive for almost anything we do.
‘Move Through the Dawn’ feels, musically, like the opposite of ‘Distance Inbetween’, this time with a Beach Boys and Wrecking Crew sound. How much does the challenge of writing in a new musical style motivate the band?
We try to change our styles on most albums. What seems to be important to us is that we try to switch things up musically in between albums. In order to be inspired we need to be aware of different music sounds and influences, and once we’re inspired we try to run with our ideas.
You’re a bit of a workaholic with writing and touring Coral tracks and then with the work coming out of Skeleton Key Records. How do you balance your time?
(Laughing) I wish I didn’t have to be a workaholic, to be honest – I’d like to retire and live on a yacht. Not really, I just love making music and it gives my life a real meaning. You’ve got to have a meaning to your life, haven’t you? Otherwise, you’d just end up being a jellyfish or something. We do like to try to have a balance with our families as well as the music. We rehearse even if we’re off tour. We’re an old-school band and we don’t play to clicks so it’s important to keep working.
You’ll be back in Newcastle to support ‘Move Through the Dawn’. You tend to start your tours up here, but is there a specific reason why?
Funnily enough, our first show back from our time away was in Newcastle, at the Riverside, so we have good memories of the city and the venue. Newcastle is always a great place to play with a great crowd. We’re bringing She Drew The Gun and Cut Glass Kings out with us on this tour so it’ll be a great show of good music. It’s always nice to start the tour at a venue we know appreciates good music, and we appreciate the reaction we get up north.
The Coral play Riverside, Newcastle on Wednesday 3rd October and the event is now completely sold out. However, please contact the venue directly on 07557995474 for any enquiries.
‘Move Through the Dawn’ is out now and can be purchased on Amazon and iTunes or streamed on Spotify.