Mersey musicmakers The Coral will end their five-year break with a new album and tour - and it starts with a North-East gig.
The indie-rock outfit from The Wirral have announced their return next year with a new album.
Distance Inbetween, their eighth studio effort, will be released on Ignition Records on March 4.
It will be backed by a full UK and European tour, which kicks off at the Riverside in Newcastle on Friday, March 4.
Tickets, priced £17.50, are on sale now from www.gigsandtours.com.
Distance Inbetween is The Coral’s first album of original material since 2010’s Butterfly House, a gap punctuated by last year’s surprise release of their lost album, The Curse of Love.
Since their debut EP in 2001 the band have sold over a million UK albums, with five reaching the Top 10, including 2003’s chart-topping Magic And Medicine.
Their eight Top 40 singles include Dreaming Of You, In The Morning, Pass It On, and Don’t Think You’re The First.
The new album was recorded at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studio with co-producer Richard Turvey, live and mostly in just one take.
Frontman James Skelly said: "Before we started making the album we had discussed that we wanted it to be more minimal and rhythmical.
"We thought ‘if you've got a rhythm section that’s been playing together for almost 20years, why not make that the centre of the songs?’"
On the album James (guitar/vocals), his brother Ian (drums/percussion/vocals), Nick Power (keyboard/vocals), and Paul Duffy (bass/keyboards/vocals) are joined by new guitarist Paul Molloy, formerly of The Zutons.
“Paul was playing with Ian in their band, Serpent Power, and we'd all been mates with him for years,” says James.
“We already had a couple of tunes recorded and Ian suggested Paul add some guitar. His parts really enhanced the tracks; he understood where he needed to leave space.
"From that point we didn't look back. We had a full line-up and were confident we could make an album that would stand next to the others."
The album is dedicated to Alan Wills, The Coral’s early mentor and Deltasonic label boss who tragically lost his life in 2014.