Artist Alert: Corella

While Winter might have finally hit, we sat down with the boys from Corella, whose newest release ‘Island’ has us feeling all sorts of ways about warmer days.

With over 20,000 monthly listens on Spotify, the four lads who met while at University in Manchester, have been filling a Maccabees shaped hole in the hearts of Indie fans across the country. They’ve rocketed to success with a jam-packed summer playing at festivals from Truck to Y-Not. Supported by BBC Introducing and recently signed to Instruction Management, Corella are gearing up for big things, with their debut Live Nation show at The Camden Assembly in the new year.

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New single ‘Island’, brings all the excitement of a live performance to your Sunday-afternoon bus journey, early morning walk to work or whatever (not-so-exotic) scenario you find yourself plugging in your headphones for. It’s a song that reminds me of the first time I watched Catfish and the Bottlemen play ‘Fallout’ at The Institue on their tour for The Balcony in 2014. You hear it and know it’s a single which is going to break through all the other noise, an indie banger that everyone’s going to keep coming back to. Their 2017 song ‘Barcelona Girl’ also deserves a shoutout, but maybe mostly because here at Chalkpit we’re waiting for them to print the artwork on a T-shirt, which you’d definitely catch us wearing. But obviously, it’s also another Corella t-u-n-e.

We honestly can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for these guys. Get them on your winter playlists and keep your eyes peeled for what's to come.

Can you tell us who you are, where you're from, and a little bit about the music you make?

We are; Joel, James (Faw), Jack and Ben. We’re from all over the UK and we met at university in Manchester in 2015, where we had conveniently moved into the same halls together! We make upbeat, energetic indie music which is best enjoyed at a live show.

Why did you decide to start a band together?

After moving into our halls for first year, we realised we pretty much had a band straight away, we started jamming and soon enough we started Corella. We had all moved to Manchester to study music, so we were all there for the same reason. Sometimes we think fate has something to do with it.

Who are your biggest influences?

Our biggest influences are probably the indie bands we all grew up listening to such as: Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, The Maccabees and Little Comets to name a few. You can probably hear a mixture of all of those in our tunes somewhere.

What has been your biggest highlight of this year as a band?

The biggest highlight of our year so far has got to be signing with our management company, Instruction Management. They’re really passionate about what we’re doing and have a lot of cool things lined up for us in the future! We’re also really buzzing about the last two songs we recorded with Sugarhouse after summer, one of them being Island! We feel they’re a big step up for us and we can’t wait to get the next one out already.

What do you think of the music scene in Manchester?

The Manchester music scene is really buzzing at the moment, there are tonnes of bands and artists who’re all smashing it and it’s nice to be a part of it all. We’ve been at it for over two years now and it’s good to see the development of some of our favourites over this time.

There are also tonnes of great venues but we’re sad to see some of them shutting down such as Sound Control and Ruby Lounge, they’re an integral part of the live music scene here.

Have you got any exciting plans you can tell us about going into 2019?

We’ve got our debut show for Live Nation next year. It’s at The Camden Assembly in London on the 22nd of January. We’re dead excited for it and it’s great to be on a Live Nation headline show. We’ll also be releasing our next single along with some more live dates throughout the year.


Best cure for a hangover?

More beer.

What new bands are you listening to at the moment?

We’re massive fans of a band called Easy Life, we watched them at the Deaf Institute the other day, would highly recommend them. Hippo Campus are from the states and they’re quality, also check out Cassia, they’re doing really well at the minute and they know how to write a bop.

Dream gig?

I think for all of us it’s gotta be Leeds festival. We’ve all been a few times and it would be amazing to play there, definitely one off the bucket list.

Describe your sound in three words?

Energetic, up-beat and infectious.