Ireland’s multi-platinum-selling band The Coronas have been playing together for most of their lives. Trust the Wire, their fifth album and the first on their own label imprint, became the band’s first #1 album when it debuted at the top of the Irish music chart in early June. Trust the Wire will be released in North America on September 1 ahead of a U.S. tour set for November.
The Coronas have sold-out shows throughout Ireland and support slots with Paul McCartney, The Script, Justin Timberlake, Pink and others. They recently played to their largest headline audience ever—15,000 people at the sold-out Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin. The Coronas were also among the entertainment chosen to perform for President and Mrs. Obama during their whirlwind State Visit to Ireland in May, 2011 when he visited the ancestral home of his mother.
Trust the Wire The songs on TRUST THE WIRE were written while the members all shared a house in Dingle on the Atlantic coast of Ireland during the summer of 2016. The place and its breathtaking isolation lent itself to the creation of introspective songs for which all four members share credit. From there, they moved on to London and Eastcote Studios in Notting Hill to record with Elliot James (Kaiser Chiefs, Two Door Cinema Club) who also produced their previous release, THE LONG WAY.
The Coronas from left: Dave McPhillips (lead guitar), Danny O’Reilly (guitar and lead vocals), Graham Knox (bass), Conor Egan (drums)
We Couldn’t Fake It starts with a drum that sounds like a heartbeat, soon the emotionally charged vocals of Danny flood through. This is an atmospheric track, featuring singing guitars which combine effortlessly with the drums and vocals. The bass adds resonance as the track builds and then falls away before building up again.
Real Feel playing with tempos and textures from the drums before the guitars begin to soar. This has a real Indie feel as it moves along at a faster pace than the previous track, enabling you to see the breadth of capability of The Coronas. I can imagine this being played on the radio and dancing along.;
Another twist as A Bit Withdrawn is atmospheric and full of emotion, sparkling with energy and guitars. The lyrics evoking feelings that everyone will have been through, feeling down and not really in touch with the outside world. It has a heartbreaking quality to the vocals.
Gut Feeling is a toe tappingly good tune which builds into the chorus. It rolls along with an old fashioned vibe which is helped by the piano. This is sure to be a crowd pleaser and would go down really well live, getting the crowds singing along. The guitars add whooshes and swooshes that help with this pop atmosphere.
Another change in direction Give Me a Minute is massively poetic and had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. It drips with emotion, vocals swirling building the feelings whilst the cymbals and guitars add to the sentiment and passion. However, for all of that this is an understated track which I thought was a belter.
Who We Are is about the tough times in relationships and friendships and how it can divulge the real person underneath. Husky vocals add resonance and the vivid guitars and drumming increase the flavour of the track.
Have No Age has a retro feel, harking back to the 80’s, featuring shimmery quality from the guitars and drums with harmonies adding to the texture. I can imagine this with the massive crowds that The Cornonas command all singing along and it going down a storm.
Reminding me of The Beatles Like It Used To Be has a beautiful quality if a somewhat melancholy feel at times, again this is sure to go down really well.
Not What You Know has twangy acoustic guitars and an authentic feel. The fast paced vocals merge with a stompingly good rhythm from the drums. I really enjoyed this and it reminded me slightly of Ed Sheeran and certainly got my toes tapping.
As the album closes the final track is Look At All The Lovers with emotionally intense vocals, sounding raw and deep, building up in the chorus. The background tone adds to the overall sadness of the track. The final third builds up to a crescendo of guitars, vocals and drums which is a joy.
Overall I would say that this album will have much appeal, with the references to a bygone age combining well with a more modern feel. I can see it going down really well when performed live as it will get the crowd impassioned and singing along.
2017 U.S. Tour Dates
Saturday, November 4: Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1508007?utm_medium=bks
Sunday, November 5: Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, November 8: Great Scott, Boston, MA
Friday, November 10: Rough Trade, New York, NY
Saturday, November 11: Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, November 12: DC9, Washington, DC https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1506852
Tuesday, November 14: Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
Friday, November 17: Echo, Los Angeles, CA https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1506292
Saturday, November 18: Brick & Mortar, San Francisco, CA https://www.eventbrite.com/e/popscene-presents-the-coronas-ireland-the-hooks-sftickets-35393340434
Website – www.thecoronas.net