THE CORONAS’ extraordinary fifth album 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. It’s released on their own label So Far So Good Records on 23rd June 2017.
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. Dreamy vocoder vocals, electronic drums and space as much as sound make for mesmerising music that steeps the listener in lyrics that are as searingly honest as ever, but more intimate and inward-looking than before.
After a rollercoaster three years, including a stint on a major label before deciding to do things their own way, spellbinding first single ‘We Couldn’t Fake It’ recounts the band’s realisation that they were right to trust their instincts, rather than be swayed by a label only seeking sales. The hypnotically-beautiful ‘Give Me A Minute’ is actually about Danny feeling antisocial after a gig, but sounds like a romantic statement of intent. Ditto the spectral ‘A Bit Withdrawn’, which is about misconceptions, but could be a plea to a lover.
The album’s title, taken from a line in the broody, dramatic closing track ‘Look At All The Lovers’, reflects the recurring theme of self-belief and sums up a band both acknowledging their achievements to date and stepping out of their comfort zone to tackle new challenges.