Wednesday 22 May 2019

'The Coronas' sign to major label in the UK

The Coronas - November 2010. Photo: Dara Munnis
The Coronas - November 2010. Photo: Dara Munnis
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Dublin rockers The Coronas have signed to a major label in the UK.

Lead singer Danny O’Reilly has revealed the band has signed to Island Records where they will count U2, Mumford and Sons, Hozier, and Florence and the Machine as label mates.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on 2FM, Danny said: “We’ve been very lucky.  This year has gone very well for us.

“Since we moved over to London things are starting to move along.  We actually got some great news in the last couple of weeks.  We signed to a major label over here called Island Records, who are brilliant.

“It’s a good moment for us.  It doesn’t guarantee anything, it’s not the be all and end all having a major label, but it’s the reason we came over here.”

The Coronas have released three studio albums; Heroes or Ghosts (2007), Tony Was an Ex-Con (2009) and Closer to You (2011) on their own label 3ú Records.

Their next album is due to be released before the end of the year.

“We wanted to try and take things to the next level and, fingers crossed, with the next album coming out before the end of the year we can do that,” said Danny.

“[Island] are a really great label.  We met them a couple of times and they seem to be into the stuff and they’re signing us on the back of the new album which is good. 

“They’re not looking to release the back catalogue so it means they’re sort of treating us as a new band over here, which is what we wanted really.”

The singer, who is currently living in London, also said he hopes a resolution can be found to the Garth Brooks saga.

“I just think it’s a shame, such a shame,” he said.  “I really hope they find a way to resolve it.  I’m over in London at the moment but even here everyone’s talking about it, amongst the Irish community anyway.

“It wouldn’t be my favourite genre of music but I think it’d be a terrible shame if it is really cancelled.”

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