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The Coronas / May 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 9:00 am
 

We have some fab news. TGTF favourites and former Bands to Watch the Coronas will be releasing their album ‘Closer to You’ in the UK on Lix Records on the 28th of May, and they have announced accompanying May UK tour. ‘Addicted to Progress’ will be released as a single a week before (21 May), watch the video for the song below.

Cheryl reviewed the album when it came out in Ireland in November 2011; read her review here.

Tuesday 1st May 2012 – Glasgow King Tuts
Wednesday 2nd May 2012 – Liverpool O2 Academy 2
Thursday 3rd May 2012 – Manchester Night and Day
Saturday 5th May 2012 – Brighton Sticky Mikes
Sunday 6th May 2012 – Birmingham Ballroom
Monday 7th May 2012 – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 8th May 2012 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 10th May 2012 – London Cargo

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf5iez3Y5RU[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #712: The Coronas

 
By on Wednesday, 15th February 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

The Coronas‘ new video for ‘Mark My Words’ is mostly filmed performance but is also interspersed with profiles of singer Danny O’Reilly and a woman who, through this song, is getting her comeuppance for all her lies. It’s got a strong emotional message, yet is some amazing pop if unlike me you’re in it for the overall sound and don’t analyse lyrics to death…

Read Cheryl’s review of the band’s album released in November 2011, ‘Closer to You’, here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWAv8nAlz-I[/youtube]

 

Top Gigs of 2011: Editor’s Picks

 
By on Wednesday, 21st December 2011 at 1:00 pm
 

It’s always hard to nail down your favourite gigs of the year. Sometimes it’s the company you keep; sometimes it’s the excitement in the crowd; sometimes it’s the sound that blows you away. These top 5 gigs were the cream of the crop of my gigging life in 2011.

5. the Coronas at Washington’s Red Palace (Tuesday 8th March 2011) – When you play in a town for the first time, you need to endear yourself to the audience. This Irish band lit up the crowd at this relatively newbie club on the DC scene.

4. the Joy Formidable at Washington’s Black Cat (Friday 25th March 2011) – Any naysayers of ‘The Big Roar’ were quickly turned into fans after the Welsh trio released their sonic wall of fury.

3. White Lies at Washington’s 9:30 Club (Friday 20th May 2011) – The first time Harry McVeigh, Charles Cave and Jack Lawrence-Brown strolled into town (with Friendly Fires as co-headliners at the Cat), they looked very uncomfortable and unsure of themselves. Two years and 2 months later, they returned, dripping with confidence and swagger. They first appeared to us as boys; now they are men!

2. Dutch Uncles at Manchester Deaf Institute (Friday 2nd December 2011) – Manchester band at the top of their game, at home, in front of an adoring crowd. ‘nuff said.

1. Casiokids at Washington’s DC9 (Monday 17th October 2011) – Not too many bands can turn a sleepy, cold club on a Monday night in Washington into an all-out dance party. But Casiokids can – and did. Unbelievable. Definitely the most fun at a gig I’ve had all year, all courtesy of a couple of guys from Norway.

After the jump is a full list of all the gigs, in reverse chronological order, that I’ve been to in 2011 so you can have some idea how difficult my job was to choose favourites for the top 5 list. The runner-up gigs (gigs that fell were in my top 10 but did not make my top 5) are also marked.
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Album Review: The Coronas – Closer to You

 
By on Tuesday, 20th December 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

Son of Irish icon Mary Black, Danny O’Reilly’s band the Coronas released their third album in November to a #3 spot on the Irish charts. This album, ‘Closer to You’, again shows the quartet’s strength in writing both great lyrics and catchy riffs. Recorded in LA’s Sound Factory, a studio known for producing Tom Waits and James Taylor, the album is full of unabashedly bright pop music.

The opener, ‘What You Think You Know’ is a corker with jangling guitars and great rhythm. ‘Blind Will Lead the Blind’ is a simple layering of O’Reilly’s distinctive Irish voice over a driving beat and is a lovely testament to trust. I particularly like the bit of organ popping through the title track ‘Closer to You’. The lead single, ‘Addicted to Progress’, is one nearly everyone who went to their shows last year will recognise. On both their website and at their live shows, they asked fans to submit title suggestions for what they were referring to as “the rainbow song.” I must admit, I submitted a title to them. (They didn’t pick it…) With O’Reilly at the keys, it’s a choice pick for a single as it sounds ready-made for radio with a tiny touch of Two Door Cinema Club-like guitars. And still the rainbow reference.

I am not sure there is a single standout like the previous album’s ‘Someone Else’s Hands’, but the yearning ‘Different Ending’ begs a lover for “a scene from our past, this time a different ending”. O’Reilly is fantastic at conveying the almost love that this track is pleading for. ‘Make It Happen’ closes the album with some much needed weight, balancing both ends of the album: “you’ve got to grab your chances with both hands until you’re held against your will / you’ve got to make it happen for yourself.” The band is making happen for themselves with hard playing and hard touring. While still grasping for widespread success outside their homeland, they have solidified their popularity in Ireland: they have just completed an unprecedented six-night run at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre; watch a photo montage of these shows in the video below.

8/10

‘Closer To You’ is available now on 3u records through HMV and iTunes.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXTQkqn7R2A[/youtube]

 

Quickfire Questions #6: Danny O’Reilly of the Coronas

 
By on Wednesday, 20th April 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

The Coronas are definitely one of my bands to watch in 2011. Having had the pleasure of seeing the band live last month, I asked lead singer/guitarist/keys man Danny O’Reilly if he’d be willing to answer our Quickfire Questions. He was!

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
I remember dancing around to Michael Jackson’s Bad when I was about 5. I’m pretty sure my dance moves have gone downhill since then!

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Wonderwall’ – Oasis. It was the first song I learnt how to play on the guitar and just loved it.

3. What song makes you laugh?
Any song by New Zealand comedy group Flight of the Conchords.

4. What song makes you cry?
Can’t think of any at the moment. I have been moved to tears by music at different stages in my life, but there’s no one song that makes me cry.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
John Mayer – ‘Your Body is a Wonderland’, or else the Coronas – ‘The Joker’, which was the first proper love song I wrote about someone.

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Again, none springs to mind!

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
John Lennon – ‘Imagine’. Such a perfect lyric and beautiful, timeless song.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Paul McCartney

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?

I’m not sure really, I studied business in college but always wanted to do something in music. Maybe I’d be a marketer or something in advertising?

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?

‘Rumours’ – Fleetwood Mac. It’s my favourite album, ever. It’s got three amazing songwriters (Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks) writing the best three songs of each of their careers. Then it’s got Mick Fleetwood and John McVie – the best bass and drums combination ever.

 

Live Review: The Coronas with the Kin at Red Palace, Washington, DC – 8th March 2011

 
By on Monday, 14th March 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Not including a short and self-described harrowing first attempt at touring Irish bars across North America previously, this current tour the Coronas are on is their first proper one. They stopped by DC’s Red Palace Tuesday night to my great excitement. The band just finished up touring Europe as support for the Script; now it was time for them to pull out all the stops. The mind boggles at the fact that the Coronas are a big deal back home in Ireland, yet they aren’t signed in the UK or America yet. While everyone else has gotten their knickers in a twist over the new Radiohead, Strokes or Arctic Monkeys, I yearn for music I feel that has more heart, and surely songs that sound amazing live. I already had it in my mind the Coronas must put on a good live show if their faithful fans keep selling out the venues they play, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The opening band for the night was the Kin, a pair of brothers from Australia (Isaac and Thorald Koren) augmented by a percussionist they found in the subways of New York City named SHAKEALEG (not making this up). I had read that they were a synth band, so I was prepared for a terrible mismatch like electropop Delphic being paired up with more straightforward rock band the Temper Trap last autumn. Synth band is a lazy description – Isaac Koren plays synths and keys, his brother Thorald plays guitar and this bloke SHAKEALEG plays an anything-but-normal looking drum set-up, sitting literally on top of what I think is a conga drum?

This band shows their versatility between pop, rock and soul. The brothers Koren have beautiful harmonies, showcased perfectly when they jumped down into the crowd and performed two songs acoustically. Both bands that night were good storytellers; the Kin told us a story about ‘Wind Over Southern France’ and how they got invited over by some French people to play that song over in the land of the song’s inspiration. They’ve got a lot of talent and I hope they do well.

The Coronas’ all too short set list was a nice mix of music from 2007’s ‘Heroes and Ghosts’ and 2009’s ‘Tony Was an Ex-Con’. Now, the title of the song and album is related to the aforementioned disturbing experience they had with unwittingly hiring an ex-convict named Tony to drive them around our great continent. Long story short, the truth was stranger than fiction and the band thought it deserved to be immortalised in song. I like the mix of slower ballads (‘Heroes and Ghosts’, ‘Someone Else’s Hands’) and faster, up tempo numbers (‘Listen Dear’, ‘Far From Here’). It was awesome to hear the whole crowd singing along to the song that singer Danny O’Reilly admitted ‘made’ them, ‘San Diego Song’. It also happened to be guitarist Dave McPhillips’s birthday, which was alluded to several times and the audience even sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him after they’d all left the stage.

I don’t know what it was about last week, but both live shows I caught had very energetic, almost bordering on mental dancing from their frontmen. Several times I was sure O’Reilly was going to accidentally land in a split position in the middle of the stage. He never stopped moving. And the band seemed really tight, really enjoying playing with each other, reveling in playing a town for the first time and getting a great reception. If the DC show was a good litmus test for the rest of the country, I think the Coronas have a very good chance of breaking America. And beyond.

More photos and set list after the cut.
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