LIVE REVIEW: The Coral, Neon Waltz @ Riverside, Newcastle (04.03.16) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Following a lengthy hiatus, The Coral have returned with their eighth studio album Distance Inbetween. Purveyors of some of the finest contemporary British psych rock around, with a career littered with crowd-pleasing hits, there’s an undoubted expectation around the band’s live return too.

Such expectation only grows following a poor showing from Neon Waltz, their lacklustre set of mediocre lad rock isn’t really the rip-roaring start that was required. The Coral are quick to quash any expectation though; with their swirling guitars and dreamy vocals, the band hit the ground running with an all-encompassing set.

An early favourite includes the hazy, chilled out tones of Jacqueline, and they quickly gather pace with a plethora of new tracks from Distance Inbetween. The wonderfully lucid Miss Fortune is the perfect party starter, with its spaced out guitars, groovy bass line and anthemic lyrics. As with many of their tracks tonight there is a real chant-worthy element to it.

What is evident though is The Coral’s newer tracks have a heavier reliance on the band’s psychedelic credentials, as Chasing The Tail Of A Dream and Connector demonstrate tonight through their abundance of hazy guitars, and pounding percussion. There is an equal wealth of hits to balance this, with rousing sing-alongs to the likes of In The Morning and She’s Got A Reason.

Overall, it was a triumphant live return for the band, thanks to a heavier edge on the new album, but it’s also comforting that the older tracks still have the power to invoke feelings of nostalgia.

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