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Live4ever Interview: The Coral’s Ian Skelly talks new solo album Drifters Skyline

Posted on 11 Aug 2020 at 9:57am

For his day job, Ian Skelly drums and writes for Liverpudlian garage rock legends The Coral. His last solo album Cut From A Star was released eight years ago. Now back with Drifters Skyline, we talk to him about the inspirations for this heady mix of psychedelia, alt.country and seventies kitsch, the breakneck pace of recording it and how singing one way and feeling another inspired its contrasting moods.

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Album Review: Ian Skelly – Drifters Skyline

Posted on 08 Aug 2020 at 6:58am

If there’s nothing you can be certain of more, then it’s that whatever your circumstances there will always be plenty of advice you don’t need.

Mostly drummer for The Coral, Ian Skelly began the process of recording Drifters Skyline whilst dealing with personal loss and its attendant emotions; instead of burying his head in a self-help book however, the choice was to relocate for a few days to Berlin with producer and muse Paul McKinnel, where a new joy was discovered in the process. Smiling on the outside, Skelly explained: ‘Pouring your sad heart out on a song is self-indulgent…What should have been work in the studio turned out to be a jolly’.

The approach, it seems, could’ve been encapsulated in the title Laugh To Keep Me From Crying, but nothing’s forced here, opener Captain Caveman one misplaced chord away from tiki lounge chintz, the words a disarming stream of consciousness: ‘Sha Lang, Sha Lang/Oogum Boogum, Rolling Stones/Flying Burritos and Country Joe/Watch Captain Caveman save the day’.

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The Coral’s Ian Skelly to begin UK tour later this month

Posted on 02 Oct 2013 at 9:13am

Coral drummer Ian Skelly will be out on the road with his new band The Serpent Power later this month for a run of UK tour dates.

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