The Coronas’ extraordinary fifth album, released on their own label So Far So Good Records, may surprise their army of fans. A sonic leap-on from its predecessors, Trust the Wire sees the award-winning, arena-conquering Irish band fuse their arms-aloft melodic pop with lush electronics, spine-tingling atmospherics and a new-found sense of adventure.
From its tightrope-walking title to the content of its lyrics to its bold production, Trust the Wire brims with self-belief. Written on the quartet’s return to their native Dublin after almost four years away, it captures the focus they found in leaving home, the fresh perspective it gave them and a soaring maturity in their songwriting.
A decade on from their debut, having toured the world, topped the charts and surpassed their teenage dreams, it’s no surprise that The Coronas are surer of their strengths and readier to take risks. Trust the Wire fizzes with ambition, often in ways you wouldn’t expect from a band famed for their sing-alongs. Acoustic guitars still feature, but take a back seat to synths and organs. There’s both a subtlety and a stately grandeur to songs that now swell in size and scope, rather than bound straight to big. The album’s second single, ‘Real Feel’, is a rousing, festival-ready summer anthem, while ‘Gut Feeling’ is a piano-driven, sunshine-soaked ode to trusting your instincts.
The Coronas play Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Mon 16th October 2017. Tickets available here.
Watch the video for ‘Real Feel’ below: