The Coral

LORNA MARSH This six-piece from Liverpool somehow managed to combine the Doors with Ska, sea shanties and Spanish folk music at the age when most young men are stuck on the PlayStation.

LORNA MARSH

The Coral are a band blessed with a talent beyond their combined years. This six-piece from Liverpool somehow managed to combine the Doors with Ska, sea shanties and Spanish folk music at the age when most young men are stuck on the PlayStation. On their album and EPs they pack within a space of a few minutes a dreaming, psychedelic sound that many bands take years to achieve, if at all.

On stage they are an even more formidable force, with James Skelly's vocals soaring above the UEA like a laddish angel. Six scallies in their late teens and early 20s produced a sound that defies any attempt to pigeon-hole it. They are not merely indie as in their hit Dreaming of You nor, as if it wasn't enough, a mix of spaghetti-western theme tunes and reggae suggested by Darkness Falls.

They even managed to make the seemingly impossible task of making folk music cool to an audience mostly made up of young students.

Last night's crowd was bewitched and doubtless many were marvelling at the thought that even better was probably still to come.

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