Fri 21 - Sun 23 July

Find out who The Coral are looking forward to at Tramlines

Ahead of their Sunday night headline set on Devonshire Green, we catch up with The Coral to talk new music and remaining old-school and to find out which song they wish they'd written.

  • Your debut album, The Coral, was released 15 years ago. What first inspired you to start making music?

The first Oasis album, The Beatles Anthology, The Doors and cassette tapes of Bob Marley but, mostly, making music was a way out of the life that we were supposed to have.

  • How have you evolved as a band over the years?

We are probably more patient these days. Obviously things change, members have come and gone, but the core elements are still there. You always go back to the things that made you love music and want to be in a band with your mates.

  • How has the music industry changed since you first started out?

It was full of slimy talentless parasites when we started and it's still full of slimy talentless parasites now.

  • What are you working on at the moment?

We've been writing new Coral songs and I've been recording Cabbage.

  • Who are you enjoying listening to at the moment?

I really like the last Moon Duo album and i've been hammering Lee Perry's stuff lately.

  • You're performing at Tramlines this year, taking to the Devonshire Green Stage on Sunday. What can people expect?

A good combination of the best of the old stuff and the new. We're an old-school band so we like to adapt to the situation. Most bands play to click tracks these days; we like to feel the mood of the gig and play to that.

  • Who are you looking forward to seeing perform at Tramlines?

I'd love to watch Toots & the Maytals and hopefully catch Cabbage.

  • Which new and upcoming acts are you excited by?

She Drew The Gun, Marvin Powell and Cut Glass Kings.

  • If you could collaborate with any other Tramlines act this year, who would it be and why?

Cabbage cos they're my favourite new band and i've already worked with them and it sounded great.

  • And finally, if you could have written any song past or present, which would it be and why?

I wish I'd written 'Losing My Religion' by REM. The lyrics and the melody over the minor chord mood are menacing and inviting at the same time. It's a masterpiece.

Words: Jess Peace

26 April 2017

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