The Coral are about to conclude a sell-out tour and bring the curtain down on a fantastic year. The Hoylake band’s eighth album, ‘Distance Inbetween’, is their best received record in years and the group are flying live, again, too. There’s a gallery exhibition of the atmospheric artwork that adorns the album happening until Christmas week over in Yorkshire – but we’ve got our hands on a signed print just for you… happy Christmas! By Alan O’Hare.

It was always about more than the music with The Coral. We all remember those cut-out images that adorned their first EP, singles and album. Characters like ‘Simon Diamond’ and ‘Bill McCai’ were seemingly brought to life within those scrapbook-esque scatter shots. The Zanzibar Club, the group’s original proving ground, got in on the act, too, and pretty soon a scene was busy being born in ‘The Bandwagon’ nights. C4 mini-docs, NME ‘Merseysippi’ features and hit singles followed and the rest is history.

It appeared that The Coral were, as well, a couple of years ago, with the departures of guitarists Bill Ryder-Jones and Lee Southall followed by solo albums and soundtracks from the rest. But then came this year’s ‘Distance Inbetween’. Full of everything the hit Hoylake band were loved for, the record returned them to their former glories and they’re about to complete a vintage year, as a sold-out UK tour comes to a critically-acclaimed conclusion.

To celebrate, RedHouse Originals are presenting¬†‘The Coral: Distance Inbetween’ – a new exhibition documenting the music, artwork and stories behind their latest album. The one-off exhibition, on display at the Harrogate gallery, features unseen artwork and special edition prints created by drummer Ian Skelly to document the songs and the stories behind the music of the new record. Also on display will be original artefacts and ephemera that inspired the creation of the album… and we’ve got an exclusive signed print up for grabs.

To win the artwork, an open edition ‘Distance Inbetween – LP Edition’ print on 400gsm paper and signed in pencil by creators Ian Skelly and Anna Benson, all you have to do is follow us on Twitter and tweet your favourite Coral song to @Liverpool_etc… and tell us why it’s your favourite. We’ll pick the winner on Friday (Dec 16). Go!

The Coral – Distance Inbetween
RedHouse Originals Gallery, Harrogate
Until December 22nd 2016

Image courtesy One Fell Swoop