Spotlight : The Coral
Spotlight : The Coral

Spotlight : The Coral

This Coral article was written by Joel Graves, a GIGsoup contributor


Five-piece psyche-rock outfit credited as starting “the guitar group revival” in the early 2000s.

Where are they from?

Hailing from Hoylake, they attended Hillbre High School in West Kirby, Wirral before starting to jam together at Flat Foot Sam’s pub in Hoylake.

What do they sound like?

La’s discovering acid whilst listening to Bob Marley and the Byrds, with Arthur Lee pointing them in the right direction – all happening in a scene from Treasure Island.

Songs to get you started

Spanish Main (2002), Pass It On (2003), Aunties Operation (2004), In The Morning (2005), Cobwebs (2007), Sandhills (2010), Willow Song (2014).

What are they doing now?

After a five-year hiatus, they have just announced a new album, “Distance Inbetween”, due to be released 4th March 2016.

Bonus Point Facts

  • Their debut album, The Coral, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2002.
  • Before playing live shows they were known to play table tennis to get them in the mood.
  • New guitarist Paul Molloy played previously with The Zutons and co-founded The Serpent Power along with Coral drummer Ian Skelly.

Spotlight : The Coral