The band has been together now for four years. Though in
light that they've just released their debut album is it perhaps
still early to consider changing their style of songs to contain
singing all the time?
"I think it's a good balance with what we've got at the
moment," declares Lee.
"We don't want to say that we're going to make plans
or anything," admits Stuart. "What we do is what
is natural to us; sometimes it's natural to have vocals."
The album according to Lee was "recorded in a six week
block with a few more to mix it". Indeed it did. As Lee's
also quoted as saying in another interview "We were all
over the place while the album was mixed - Japan, America
and back at home - so we'd have to get up at weird times in
the morning to download mixes as they were finished."
The album was produced under the ever-watchful eye of Johnny
Dollar, producer for Massive Attacks' debut album 'Blue Lines'
and mixed by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek. The band's choice
of producer comes across in their conversation not as a nice
surprise but as an unexpected pleasure.
"The Coral had been working with one of his protégées
Geoff Barrow from Portishead," explains Stuart. "He
was talking to Deltasonic and told them that Johnny Dollar
told him everything he knew. So they sent him the demos that
we had done and he was into it."
It had been mentioned in another interview that the band were
quite keen not to spend too long recording as to not to remove
any energy from their sessions. So to help, had all the songs
been written before they went into the studio?
"We always wanted to keep the studio time for recording,"
explains Jon. >>