They’re not like Echo & the Bunnymen and they claim they’re not seaside scousers of their hometown of Hoylake, for the Coral are crazy geezers, Happy Mondays-style. Comprised of six neighborhood mates James Skelly (guitar/vocals), Ian Skelly (drums), Nick Power (organ), Bill Ryder-Jones (guitar/trumpet), Lee Southall (guitar/vocals) and Paul Duffy (bass/sax), the Coral formed in their early teens in 1996. NME was quick to jump on them in fall 2001, proclaiming the Coral as the best new band in England thanks to the popularity of “Shadows Fall.” The next summer, the Coral was still a buzz — their self-titled debut album appeared on Sony Music UK in July. The Coral made their way to America in early 2003 with their self-titled debut release for Columbia. The Invisible Invasion followed two years later.
The self-titled debut album was nominated for the 2002 Mercury Music Prize and later voted the fourth best album of the year by NME Magazine. It was announced on 9 January 2008 that Bill Ryder-Jones would be leaving, but the band would continue as a 5-piece.
The Coral released their fifth album Butterfly House on 12 July 2010. The album is produced by John Leckie, of The Stone Roses and Radiohead fame, and was recorded at RAK studios in London as well as Rockfield in South Wales. The album includes singles “1000 years”, “More Than A Lover”,”Walking in the Winter” and “Two Faces”. The album was recorded through a two-year span where the band road-tested the material. This is The Coral’s first album without guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones, who departed in 2008. The deluxe version of this album comes with a bonus CD of 5 additional songs.