The Coronas

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The Coronas
Origin Terenure, Dublin, Ireland
Genres Rock
Indie
Alternative
Years active 2003 – present
Labels Island Records[1]
Associated acts Mary Black[2]
Róisín O
Frances Black[3]
Website www.thecoronas.net
Members Danny O'Reilly
Conor Egan
Graham Knox
Dave McPhillips

The Coronas are an Irish rock and indie band that originated in Dublin. They are signed to their own independent record label, 3ú Records, and are based between Dublin and London. They have released three studio albums, Heroes or Ghosts (2007), Tony Was an Ex-Con (2009) and Closer to You (2011). The first album brought them widespread popular acclaim with songs such as, Heroes or Ghosts and San Diego Song. Tony Was an Ex-Con received Best Irish Album at the 2010 Meteor Awards, beating Snow Patrol's Up To Now and U2's No Line on the Horizon among others. Closer to You was released in 2011, and was the band's first UK release, later in 2012. In May 2014, new single All The Others reached number three in the Irish charts, with a fourth album due for release in September 2014.

Members[edit]

History[edit]

2007-2008: Heroes or Ghosts[edit]

Main article: Heroes or Ghosts

In September 2006, The Coronas sold out a show at Whelans, one of Dublin's most prestigious venues for new music. Following this gig they were signed to the independent label 3ú Records, in November, and soon began to record what would become their debut full-length album, Heroes or Ghosts, which was released in October 2007.

The album debuted at number 27 in the Irish Albums Chart, and was described by Hot Press as "walking a soulful line between Jeff Buckley and the Libertines." The album spent a total of 74 weeks in the Irish album charts, peaking at number 18.

The Coronas appeared on RTÉ's Late Late Show, The Cafe and The Podge and Rodge Show, TV3's event guide, Channel 6's Popscene and radio shows, along with being interviewed on YouTube. In 2008 the Coronas were nominated for a Meteor Award, in the Best Irish Pop Act category. In 2009 they were nominated for two Meteors in the Best Pop and Best Live categories.

The title track, Heroes or Ghosts, was also translated into Irish (Taibhsí nó Laoich) for the Irish-language album Ceol ’08.

2009-2010: Tony Was an Ex-Con[edit]

Main article: Tony Was an Ex-Con

Tony Was An Ex-Con is The Coronas’ second studio album. It was released in Ireland on 25 September 2009. The album was recorded in the Sawmills Residential Studios in Cornwall, England, and was produced by John Cornfield. The album went straight into the number 1 spot in the Irish iTunes Album chart upon its release. The following week it debuted at number 3 in the Irish Album Chart. From "Tony...", the band released the single "Listen Dear", which peaked at 16 in the Irish Singles Chart and was also translated to Irish for the Irish-Language album Ceol. They later went on to release "Far From Here", "Someone Else's Hands" and "Won't Leave You Alone".

After the release of "Tony...", The Coronas’ made their television debut on RTÉ's Late Late Show on 18 September 2009. Prior to this televised performance the band did promotion for the album in print, radio and television media. The band appeared on the front cover of Hot Press magazine which hit news stands on 24 September 2009.[4] They appeared in HMV music stores around Ireland, doing in-store promotions. After the success of "Tony..." in Ireland, the band went on their first Tour of America, and performed in over ten different cities. They also did an Asian Tour, playing in places such as Singapore and Thailand.

Tony Was an Ex-Con won Best Album at the 2010 Meteor Awards, beating albums by artists such as U2, Bell X1 and Snow Patrol. The band did a version of "Listen Dear" in the Irish language for the Irish cover compilation album Ceol '10 Súil Siar. The track is named "Éist a Ghrá" and is listed as a bonus track on the record.

The album was met with favourable reviews throughout Ireland. Blogger Lottie from Irish site Culch.ie said "Having listened to Tony Was An Ex-Con a few times this evening, I can say it’s an enjoyable album overall. Although sweet and more polished than their first, this second album is like Heroes or Ghosts heavy on the ballads and a little samey at times." Entertainment.ie gave the album a slightly-less polished review saying "It's doubtful that 'Tony Was an Ex-Con' will change the opinion of their most resolute detractors, and it's not exactly revolutionary enough to change the world, either. Still, it's a somewhat steadying effort."

2011-2013: Closer to You[edit]

Closer to You was released on 11 November 2011. It went straight into the Irish Indie Chart at number one, making number three in the overall chart. The album was produced by Tony Hoffer, who has worked with artists such as The Kooks, Supergrass, Beck and The Fratellis. The majority of the album was written whilst the band were in Dingle, Co. Kerry. They later traveled to Los Angeles to link up with Hoffer and record the album. The first single from Closer To You was "Addicted to Progress", which received more radio play in Ireland than any of the band's previous singles, topping Today FM's playlist chart for three consecutive weeks in December 2011. The band released their second single "Mark My Words", which featured O'Reilly's now ex-girlfriend and MTV Presenter Laura Whitmore in the official video. Closer To You is also the band's first mainstream UK release, having released it in July 2012. They proceeded to release videos for other tracks on the album, including "Dreaming Again" and title-track "Closer To You".

RTE Ten reviewer Alan Corr gave the album three stars, claiming that "The Coronas play it straight for the masses on another set that will please their fans and leave hipsters as bewildered as ever." Orlagh Murphy from Oxygen.ie said "Although the lyrics of some tracks use typical clichés, and would remind you of a gushing Lionel (Richie) track, The Coronas' music has certainly evolved entirely."

2014-present: Fourth Album[edit]

In February 2014, The Coronas returned to Australia for a four-date tour, visiting Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney in the space of four days. Following on from this, the band played some UK dates in May.

On 8 May 2014, the band released new single All The Others. The song received significant airplay on Irish radio, and reached number three in the Irish Singles Charts, making it the bands highest charting single to date.

All The Others will be the lead single from their fourth studio album, which is due for release in September 2014. [5]

Notable shows[edit]

  • The band have become famous for their Christmas gigs in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, usually held in December. In December 2011 they played a record-breaking six nights in the Olympia.
  • On 22 July 2011, the Coronas played in Marlay Park to over 7,000 fans. They were supported by Bressie, Royseven and KT Tunstall.
  • Jan/Feb 2011 the Coronas supported The Script on their European tour.
  • In July 2010 The Coronas played on the main stage at one of Europe’s largest festivals Oxegen to an estimated 20,000 people.
  • The band played at the SXSW festival in March 2010.
  • The band were the second act to appear on the main stage at Oxegen music festival on Friday 10 July 2009.
  • The Coronas were the supporting act to The Script for their nine gigs in Ireland from 25 August to 5 September 2009.
  • On 14 December 2012, the band played their biggest headline show to date, to over 14,000 people in the 02, Dublin. They were supported by Ryan Sheridan and Róisín O (Danny's sister). Singer Danny 'O Reilly claimed that it was the happiest moment in the bands life. After an encore the band invited Sheridan and Róisín O back on stage and performed Mic Christopher's Heyday together
  • On 10 July 2013 they supported Justin Timberlake in Phoenix Park and played to 40,000 people.

Discography[edit]

Studios albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
IRL
2007 Heroes or Ghosts
  • Released: 5 October 2007
  • Label: 3u Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, Download
24[7]
2009 Tony Was an Ex-Con
  • Released: 25 September 2009
  • Label: 3u Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, Download
3
2011 Closer to You
  • Released: 11 November 2011
  • Label: 3u Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, Download
3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
IRL
[8]
2007 "The Talk" 18 Heroes or Ghosts
"San Diego Song" 26
2008 "Grace, Don't Wait!" 30
"Heroes or Ghosts" 24
2009 "Listen Dear" 16 Tony Was an Ex-Con
2010 "Someone Else's Hands" 23
"Wont Leave You Alone"[9] -
2011 "Addicted to Progress" 7 Closer to You
2012 "Mark My Words"[10] 33
2014 "All The Others"[11] 3 -
"—" denotes a title that did not chart

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