IRELAND’S THE CORONAS RELEASE POST-PANDEMIC 7th ALBUM “TIME STOPPED” ON OCTOBER 7 – AHEAD OF WORLD TOUR
RELAND’S THE CORONAS RELEASE POST-PANDEMIC
7th ALBUM “TIME STOPPED” ON OCTOBER 7
AHEAD OF WORLD TOUR
UK, Europe, North America and Australia Dates
Commence September 27
Ireland’s popular band The Coronas are finally heading out on the world tour that was sidelined by the pandemic, not to mention the derision associated with sharing a name with the virus that shut down the world. The band made good use of their time off the road, returning with a strong, new album aptly titled TIME STOPPED. Set for release on October 7 on the band’s imprint SoFarSoGood Records (distributed by Blix Street), TIME STOPPED addresses the pandemic head on via 11 original songs bearing an underlying theme of hope.
The band’s 7th album, TIME STOPPED overall is an album grounded in optimism. Lead singer Danny O’Reilly explains that the album’s through line addresses how we all sought to stay connected in the time of global panic. “When everything is suddenly upside down,” he says, “relationships and our place in the world are given a new perspective. Even though it came together in an uncertain time, TIME STOPPED is a positive album about togetherness and support.”
Known for high energy live performances and audience singalongs, it’s not surprising that The Coronas were named #1 Live Act of the Year in Ireland’s Hot Press 2022 Readers’ Poll. The Coronas, comprising O’Reilly, bass guitarist Graham Knox and drummer Conor Egan, are ecstatic to be able to return to live appearances, kicking off the summer season with sold-out shows at the Marquee in Cork and the grounds of Trinity College in their native Dublin. Most recently, they were on the bill for the Electric Picnic music festival, which drew more than 70,000 people.
“We feel blessed to able to continue to do what we love most, to sing our hearts out together with the people who continue to support us,” Danny says. “To us, our live shows are what it’s really all about.”
Joining the indie trio on the road are well-known All Tvvins guitarist Lar Kaye, who plays on the new album and has also appeared on other Coronas’ recordings. Playing keyboards in the touring band is Irish recording artist Róisín O, whose new album COURAGEOUS, has been receiving major attention in Ireland.
This week they embark on their postponed UK shows, follow in October by a host of shows in Europe. Their twice postponed U.S. and Canada shows begin November 2 in Toronto followed by shows in Australia. The Coronas will once again close out their year with holiday shows at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, a custom that in 2020 was relegated to a sans audience streaming event in order to maintain the tradition. This year’s five-night run at the prestigious Dublin venue is already near capacity.
“TIME STOPPED was written to be played live,” says O’Reilly. “We’re ridiculously excited to be on the road again and to play these new songs to full capacity rooms around the world. It’s going to be emotional.”
Recorded largely at Eastcote Studios in London, where the band has recorded previously, with producer George Murphy (The Specials, Ellie Goulding, Mumford and Sons) and mixing with Grammy®-winning mixer Peter Katis, TIME STOPPED was a very positive experience for the band. Additionally, it’s a project laden with poignant lyrics as well as classic stadium-sized Coronas melodies ripe for singalongs as their fans are known to do during their live shows.
They teased the impending release of TIME STOPPED late last year with the cheery “Write Our Own Soundtrack” and the creative triple-screen music video made by Coronas’ long-time collaborator John Broe. View it here: https://youtu.be/DKyd4waydvY
As the album approached completion and live shows were imminent, the upbeat track “Strive,” an indie-pop song with a distinctly eighties feel, was released. Filled with melody, groove, synths and saxophone solos, it was written during the first Irish lockdown and lyrically it hints at being there for someone no matter what difficulties surround the relationship. It was supported by a retro themed music video also created by John Broe. View it here: https://youtu.be/Ctnx0Raml7g
Most recently, they unveiled the new music video for the song “At Least We’ll Always Have LA,” directed by Dermot Lynskey. View it here: https://youtu.be/64ekM9ihO1I
“It’s such an exciting time for us now,” says O’Reilly. “We’re just so happy to get back to doing what we love to do.”