Next year, The Coral will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album. Isn’t that insane? For all the millions of times we’ve all heard ‘Dreaming of You’ at a bar somewhere, it still seems completely out of mind to think that, once upon a time, The Coral were fighting The Strokes and Interpol for indie rock supremacy.
A few decades and a few Mercury Prize nominations removed, The Coral seem like a bit of an anomaly: a little too psychedelic before bands like Tame Impala and MGMT made it cool, not quite uncouth and scruffy enough to be on the same coolness level of The Stokes or early Arctic Monkeys. They could be goofy, they could be weird, but they were a little too goofy and weird at the wrong time to take off beyond attaining a cult following and mid-tier success where they get to be compared to The Zutons or The Kooks.
But the band still has the talent to justify their 25-plus year career, as shown in their latest single, ‘Vacancy’. The new song, which sounds like a mutated version of the Mysterians ’96 Tears’ that got lost in an abandoned carnival for a couple of years, is a poppy and light stroll through a fairly tame version of psychedelia. This is a band that never fully went down the rabbit hole, and they never sacrificed melodies for funny sounds or bizarre experimentation.
“We boarded a ghost train with T. S. Eliot, The Kinks and Karloff and we came out the other side with this baroque ’n’ roll organ riff ringing in our ears,” said lead singer James Skelly. Whatever these guys are smoking, I’d like an eighth, please. To go.
Check out the lyric video for ‘Vacancy’ down below. The Coral’s newest album, Coral Island, will be released on April 30th.