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The Noughties were a time of skinny ties and MySpace, and soundtracking the decade were six likely lads from Merseyside, hailed as the saviours of guitar music. The Coral’s meteoric rise to the height of the indie scene came as something of a shock to a band that were just gracing their adolescence, as co-founder Bill Ryder-Jones explains. “We got signed when I was 16 so up until that point I was still playing out with my mates and at that age I was not really chasing girls or going drinking in the park like my school friends were. I went straight from getting money off my dad, a tenner every two weeks, to having a record deal and it was quite peculiar.” Following his departure from the band in 2008, the singer-songwriter upped sticks back to his native home of West Kirby and strayed away from the harsh realities of the industry that made him fall out of love with performing.

Bill eventually rekindled his passion after a call from his current label during a time when the future seemed like one giant question mark. Riding on the tail of five albums, with 2018’s Yawn receiving widespread critical acclaim, the raw, beautiful honesty within his lyricism is an undeniably refreshing touch in modern music.

I’m running out of ways to say ‘by the way, things are still fucking shit and I’m the problem and I can’t fucking get on top of it’

“I think writing is a good way of making sense of things. I’m not the sharpest when it comes to recognising whether I’m in a good place or not, and writing is a very good way of alleviating some of the stress and the confusion that I experience daily. I don’t write because I see beauty in certain things; I do it all for myself.” However, there are downsides to the desire to be perpetually genuine in a world that revels in watching others crumble. “I’m running out of things to talk about. I’m running out of ways to say ‘by the way, things are still fucking shit and I’m the problem and I can’t fucking get on top of it’. But I don’t think I was ever encouraged to talk about myself when I was younger and I’m very lucky; I think that was part of why I was so fucking miserable and expecting people to pick up on the little signals I was throwing out,” Bill explains. “You have to be so careful about how you manage it all. I’ve got quite an ego that can run away from me at times and I have to be very conscious that I don’t think I’m fucking brilliant.”

Bill admits he’s currently working on new material, although it’s unlikely to get an airing at his headline Tipping Point Live show at The Cluny on Saturday 22nd June. “I am writing at the minute although I have no idea what for; I’ve got to find a new way of doing things. I’m sick of being a white middle class man who moans about nothing and I’m not sure if I can get away with it for much longer. I’m very tempted to do something just insanely positive…before I burn myself alive on YouTube”.


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