About The Coronas
Irish rock outfit the Coronas became a prominent force on the Dublin live circuit with their blend of contemporary indie rock. Debuting in 2007 with Heroes or Ghosts, their anthemic sound spread throughout their albums, including 2020's True Love Waits.
Formed in Dublin, Ireland in 2003 by Danny O'Reilly (vocals, guitar), Graham Knox (bass), and Conor Egan (drums) after they met at college, the trio originally went by the name Kiros before adopting, Corona. Worried about being confused with the Italian dance outfit of the same name, the trio finally settled on the Coronas. Their blend of anthemic indie rock soon developed a following after numerous gigs in and around Dublin and saw them sign to local indie label 3ú Records, which had also worked with O'Reilly's mother, folk singer Mary Black. Their debut album, Heroes or Ghosts, appeared in 2007; the trio had also drafted in Dave McPhillips on lead guitar to flesh out their sound. With the release peaking in the Irish Top 20, the group found themselves appearing on national television and being nominated for gongs at the 2008 Meteor Awards. The following year saw the release of the sophomore album, Tony Was an Ex-Con. The John Cornfield (Muse, Razorlight) produced album hit the Irish charts on release, debuting at number three and went on to scoop the 2010 Meteor Award for Best Album, beating U2 and Snow Patrol in the process. The group continued to play live, scoring support slots with the likes of the Script and also opening for Paul McCartney, as well as headlining themselves. 2011 saw the release of their third album, Closer to You, after teaming up with producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, the Fratellis) for the record. More live dates followed -- with stops in Europe, the U.K., and Ireland -- and the group rounded out 2012 with a sold-out home show in front of over 14,000 people. In 2014, after a chance meeting with producer Eliott James (Kaiser Chiefs, Noah and the Whale), the group set about recording their fourth album, The Long Way. Part-way through the process, they inked a deal with Island Records, which issued the album in November.
After releasing just one album on Island, the group parted ways with the label, eventually returning to Ireland to record their fifth album. Taking their time -- without the pressure of a major-label deal -- the group delivered the slightly more low-key-sounding Trust the Wire in 2017, on their own So Far So Good label. The album headed straight to the top of the Irish album charts on release, claiming the Coronas' first number one. Continuing to play sold-out shows across Europe, Australia, and the U.K., the group recorded their three-night run at Dublin's Olympia Theatre, releasing the set in 2019 as, Live at the Olympia. At the end of the year McPhillips announced he was leaving the band to take a break and pursue other avenues. The now-three-piece returned in 2020 with their sixth studio album, True Love Waits. Recorded with George Murphy (Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons), the album was preceded by the tracks "Haunted," "Cold," and "Lost in the Thick of It." ~ Rich Wilson