The Coral Distance Inbetween on LP
After a five-year hiatus The Coral return in 2016 with their eighth album, Distance Inbetween, out in March 2016 on Ignition Records. This is The Coral's first album of original material since 2010's Butterfly House. Recorded at Liverpool's Parr Street Studio with co-producer Richard Turvey, Distance Inbetween was recorded live and mostly in just one take.
The seams of each of the album's 12-tracks are purposely rough-hewn and pave the way for a new visceral sound from a totally re-energized band. On the album James Skelly (vocals/guitar/percussion), Ian Skelly (drums/percussion/vocals), Nick Power (keyboard/vocals), and Paul Duffy (bass/keyboards/vocals) are joined by Coral newbie, guitarist Paul Molloy, formerly of The Zutons.
"Paul was playing with Ian in their band, Serpent Power, and we'd all been mates with him for years," says James. "We already had a couple of tunes recorded and Ian suggested Paul add some guitar. His parts really enhanced the tracks; he understood where he needed to leave space. From that point we didn't look back. We had a full line-up and were confident we could make an album that would stand next to the others. Before we started making the album we had discussed that we wanted it to be more minimal and rhythmical. We thought ‘if you've got a rhythm section that's been playing together for almost twenty years, why not make that the centre of the songs?'"
On Distance Inbetween listeners are invited into The Coral's world of Richard Yates' books, Alan Moore comics, 1980's toys, the sound of krautrock compilations and Muddy Waters' Electric Mud, and Gregory Crewdson's darkly beautiful photography. The album is dedicated to Alan Wills, The Coral's early mentor and Deltasonic label boss who tragically lost his life in 2014.