After a five-year hiatus The Coral will release their eighth studio album, Distance Inbetween, on March 4.
To coincide with the release the influential five-piece will head out on a UK tour, including shows ae Leadmill in Sheffield on March 11.
Since their debut EP in 2001 the band have sold more than a million UK albums, with five reaching the top 10, including 2003’s chart-topping Magic and Medicine.
Their eight top 40 singles include Dreaming Of You, In The Morning, Pass It On, and Don’t Think You’re The First.
“Before we started making the album we had discussed that we wanted it to be more minimal and rhythmical,” explained singer and guitarist James Skelly.
“We thought ‘if you’ve got a rhythm section that’s been playing together for almost 20 years, why not make that the centre of the songs?’”
The album is also the band’s first with new guitarist Paul Molloy, formerly of The Zutons.
“Paul was playing with Ian in their band, Serpent Power, and we’d all been mates with him for years,” said James.
“We already had a couple of tunes recorded and Ian suggested Paul add some guitar.
“His parts really enhanced the tracks; he understood where he needed to leave space.
“From that point we didn’t look back.
The album is dedicated to Alan Wills, The Coral’s early mentor and Deltasonic label boss who tragically lost his life in 2014.
The album is available to pre order now from http://www.thecoral.co.uk
Tickets for their Nottingham gig are available at www.rescuerooms.com
Tickets for their Sheffield gig are at www.leadmill.co.uk