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The Coral

Since their debut in the early 2000s, the Coral proved to be one of the most consistent bands in the U.K. retro-rock scene thanks to their knack for crafting sneakily good hooks, the jangling interplay of the guitars, and James Skelly’s powerful vocals.

Their rambunctious sound deftly mixes together elements of ’60s garage rock, psychedelic pop, and folk-rock, spicing it with bits of Merseybeat, Motown , vintage blues, and even sea shanties.

The band’s 2002 self-titled debut album topped the U.K. charts, and even as their sound changed over the years, taking detours to spooky folk on 2004’s Nightfreak and the Sons of Becker, stripped-down indie pop on 2005’s Portisheads-produced The Invisible Invasion, and expansively heavy ’70s rock on 2016’s Distance Inbetween, they stayed popular and influential.

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