Published on September 22nd, 2009 | by Lottie2
Your Filthy Mind Has Left You Trying Things That Can Only End In Tears
Album Review: Tony Was An Ex-Con
Release Date: 25th September 2009, 3U records
Despite being unable to name two major GAA stars or down a pint of Guinness I have an enormous sense of pride in the produce of the contemporary Irish music industry. From Duke Special and Juliet Turner (26 counties be-damned) to The Script, Bell XI and Delorentos. No less noteworthy are The Coronas, four lads from Terenure, Co. Dublin who cite The Beatles, Jeff Buckley, The Stone Roses and Radiohead as their musical influences.
The Coronas released their first album Heroes or Ghosts in 2007. From this debut the single San Diego Song stayed in the Irish charts for 24 weeks an became an anthem for the summer of 2008. The band were also nominated for a Meteor Award in 2008, beaten to the prize by Westlife and the less said about that the better.
Tonight some of Culchies popped along to the launch of the bands second album “Tony Was An Ex-Con”. The title track comes from a bizarre story about the bands tour in America, involving a psychotic bus driver who left the entire entourage fearing for their lives. “It’s funny looking back at it now, but at the time it was really quite scary”, says drummer Conor Egan.
Having listened to Tony Was An Ex-Con a few times this evening, I can say it’s an enjoyable album overall. Although sweet and more polished than their first, this second album is like Heroes or Ghosts heavy on the ballads and a little samey at times. Much like Bell X1, The Coronas have developed a distinctive sound of their own and this can play against them. While they are immediately identifiable, mostly due to the voice of lead singer Danny O’Reilly (son of singer Mary Black) it results in the entire album meshing together into one long, if quite pleasant ballad.
The songs which do stand out on the for me are Won’t Leave You Alone, the current single Listen Dear and Faith in Fate. It’s a nice release but it feels like The Coronas are always on the verge of becoming something unstoppable but they’re just not quite there yet.
Coronas are playing a number of dates over the coming months finishing with a date in the The Olympia on 11th December 2009.
- 3rd Hotpress Music Show, RDS, Dublin
- 16th Roisin Dubh, Galway
- 17th Glor, Ennis, Co Clare tickets
- 21st Electric Avenue, Waterford
- 23rd Dolans Warehouse, Limerick tickets
- 24th Cyprus Avenue, Cork (All Ages Gig) tickets
- 24th Cyprus Avenue, Cork (Over 18s Gig) tickets
- 28th Spirit Store, Dundalk
- 31st Trick or Street Halloween Party, Portlaoise, Laois (Free Outdoor Concert)