The Coral Won’t Duet with Tim McGraw: Instead
Plan American Takeover with “The Invisible Invasion”
By Randy J. Klodz
The members of eclectic rock band the Coral left the confines of their native
England to impose upon North America for a short, 6-stop tour to give Stateside
fans a taste of the band’s new album “The Invisible Invasion”
which hit UK stores on May 23, and is due to reach the United States on Aug.
30. This short tour runs through Chicago on June 11 with the Coral scheduled
to invade Martyrs’.
Though the Coral, a 7-piece--which includes James Skelly (guitar/vocals), Lee
Southall (guitar/vocals), Billy Ryder-Jones (guitar/trumpet), Paul Duffy (bass),
Nick Power (organ/vocals), Ian Skelly (drums/percussion) and John Duffy (percussion--
remains in relative obscurity in the States, the band has garnered at least
a sliver of fame in their UK homeland. Even if the band won’t admit it.
“We’re really not that big in England; we’re not that really
big anywhere,” said a modest, and almost 25, James Skelly. “Hopefully
we will be but we’re not really yet.”
Sure, the boys from Merseyside may not have yet reached Rolling Stones or Oasis
infamy, but “In the Morning,” the first single from “The Invisible
Invasion,” has reached the top spot on UK radio charts, and much positive
press can be read of the album in the UK.
Though James Skelly joked that if he and his band practiced some of the recent
trends in American music, such as recording a duet with Tim McGraw, performing
with midgets onstage (Skelly, at 5-foot-4, admits he may already fit this description),
or sport spurs to the tune of Christina Aguilera, they could become the next
But to Skelly, and the rest of his bandmates, the music prevails. “With
anything, the music is the most important thing,” he said, “I wouldn’t
do a tune just to break somewhere.
“Our job is to go and play good tunes, play the tunes well and have a
good time onstage.”
The sound of the Coral has been described by some as the Doors meets the Beach
Boys as it’s bouncy, yet borrows many elements of classic rock. With “In
the Morning” standing as the Coral’s first single, other head-nodding
tracks “Arabian Sand“ and “Something Inside of Me” could
attract the attention of music fans worldwide.
It is planned for the Coral to return to the United States to tour in the fall
upon the release of the new album, but for now, Chicago fans will have to flock
Martyrs’ is at 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Tickets for this 21+ show
are listed for $12 each with start time scheduled for 10 p.m. For more information
on the Coral log on to www.thecoral.co.uk.
||c/o: Columbia Records