Q&A Scene: Danny O’Reilly ~ The CORONAS

First up, can you please give us a quick intro to The Coronas?

We are an indie rock 3-piece from Dublin, Ireland. We’ve been together for over 10 years and our last 3 albums went to number 1 in Ireland. We are currently on a world tour and can’t wait to head to Aus next month. We’re a man band, in that we’re all in our 30’s so tik tok is a foreign language to us. We take inspiration from other man bands like the National, War on Drugs or Gang of Youths.

Tell us about your new single One Last Time?

This song is a bonus track on a collection we’ve just released, “the best of the early days” which contains songs from our first three albums. The song was recorded way back in 2009 but never released until now. It’s acoustic and emotional. My voice sounds so different back then I think. 

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?  

Our most recent album Time Stopped is our strongest in my opinion. We’ve been lucky enough to have longevity in the industry, so we’ve grown and evolved on each album, and our fans have grown with us. The Long Way was a big album for us, but I think our more recent stuff is our best.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Haha like a tasty burrito, each bite is a surprise of what you’re gonna get. Now I’m hungry. We try to write good songs with sing along choruses. What food has crowd interaction, with energetic happy vibes? I’m not sure, I’ll stick with burritos. 

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

I once accidentally spat a mouthful of vodka all over the front row of a show of ours. I also recently tried to stand up on a barrier at a big festival in Ireland and ended up with a 4 inch tear in my quadricep. We also once had a crazy bus driver on an American tour who scared the hell out of us. We ended up writing a song about him and it became the title of our second album “Tony was an Ex-Con”.

What, or who, inspires you?

People, places, music, art. Everything can be inspirational if you’re in the right mindset. My band mates inspire me, other artists (The Beatles, The National, Radiohead), my family, friends. I write a lot in this beautiful place in the south west of Ireland called Dingle, County Kerry and that place definitely inspires me. I’d highly recommend a visit for anyone who makes it to Ireland.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Something in the way she moves – George Harrison.

Such a beautiful, simple song.

What’s next for you?

We’re touring Australia in November, playing Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne. To be able to play such beautiful historic venues such as the Enmore Theatre in Sydney is really amazing. We can’t wait. We’ll be recording our next record early next year and a lot of touring before then (I’m currently on a tour bus heading to a show in London).

What’s your scene?

A quiet pub with friends discussing today’s Wordle.

THE CORONAS – UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

 

FRI 10 NOV | THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE

Tickets available from moshtix.com.au

 

SAT 11 NOV | THE ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY

Tickets available from ticketek.com.au

 

FRI 17 NOV | BADLANDS, PERTH

Tickets available from oztix.com.au

 

SAT 18 NOV | NORTHCOTE THEATRE, MELBOURNE

Tickets available from moshtix.com.au

Dublin’s finest, The Coronas, return today armed with a new single; a previously unheard song One Last Time, which was recorded in 2009 when the band were just getting going. With sweeping strings, acoustic guitar and the magnetic vocal stylings of Danny O’Reilly, One Last Time also heralds the upcoming release of The Best Of The Early Days; an album that celebrates the early back catalogue of The Coronas, due out November 24, alongside the band’s return down under the very same month. Lined up to charm Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne alongside special guest Roison O, both the upcoming Coronas album and tour are guaranteed to continue the trio’s reputation as one of the most consistent and impressive acts on the scene.

One Last Time fittingly closes out The Coronas The Best Of The Early Days on an emotional and delectably lush note. Inspired by the likes of The National, Gang Of Youths, Radiohead, Oasis, Coldplay, The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac; One Last Time is an acoustic wonderland that simultaneously uplifts and breaks your heart. With The Coronasdetailing deep emotions in this previously unreleased track, as the band elaborates;We’re delighted to be releasing this album. It’s something that we’ve been planning for a while. It’s a collection of songs from our first three albums. When we remembered One Last Time, an unreleased song from this time that we always loved, it seemed right to add it to the album as a bonus single. It’s a breakup song that describes the tricky time just after a relationship ends, where you meet up and there’s so much emotion and feelings still there. And spending that time together.”

A multi-platinum group who can claim supporting Bruce Springsteen in Hyde Park, playing for President Biden, and making chart history as the only independent Irish band to claim three consecutive chart-topping albums, The Coronas have also previously been voted as the #1 Live Act of the Year by Hot Press. The Coronas are certainly not ones to rest on their laurels, consistently evolving their melancholic pop, singalong-worthy anthems and cinematic indie rock creations; whilst thriving against the odds even despite the unfortunately named virus that momentarily halted the world. Off the back of the pandemic years and releasing their 2022 album, Time Stopped, The Coronas embarked on their biggest world tour to date, christening their seventh full length album – selling out venues in London, New York and Vancouver, as well as a sold out performance at Sydney’s Metro Theatre.

Now set to return to Australia this November to perform at some of the country’s most iconic venues, also armed with some fresh magic with the impending November release of The Best Of The Early Days, there’s plenty to look forward to as 2023 draws to a close – both for The Coronas and fans alike, as the band concludes; “Our last show in Sydney was pretty special. To sell out a venue the size of the Metro Theatre, with all its history, was an amazing moment for us. In the past we’ve tended to just be there for short visits but it’s great that this time we’ll have a few days off in Sydney where we can enjoy a bit of downtime! We always try to put on an energetic live show. Expect big choruses, sing-along moments and fun times!”

One Last Time is out today, Friday October 13.

The Best Of The Early Days is due out November 24.

THE CORONAS – UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

FRI 10 NOV | THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE

Tickets available from moshtix.com.au

SAT 11 NOV | THE ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY

Tickets available from ticketek.com.au

FRI 17 NOV | BADLANDS, PERTH

Tickets available from oztix.com.au

SAT 18 NOV | NORTHCOTE THEATRE, MELBOURNE

Tickets available from moshtix.com.au

STREAM: ONE LAST TIME

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