Corella are back with explosive first track of 2020

Reporter: Simon Smedley
Date published: 27 April 2020

Despite the current lockdown, local indie-rock band Corella are gearing up to make some noise as their first track of 2020 - ‘Puppets’ - is out this Friday, May 1.

Explosive from the get-go, ‘Puppets’ is a vigorous, driving and commanding track.

Coming in at just two minutes 30 seconds in length, the propulsive array of multi-layered guitars, perforating synth textures and driving rhythms carry the track with a full head of steam as they surround Joel’s prevailing vocals.

It’s a defiant start to a year that has done everything it can to hold the music industry back, and the first of many more singles to come from the band in 2020.

Oldham-based guitarist Jack Taylor said: “Puppets is a track that we’ve been sat on for a while.

"We struggled to get it right for some time, which kind of created the lyrical content.

"Feeling frustrated and trapped creatively, we expressed that into this song.”

Corella are Joel Smith (vocals), Ben Henderson (bass and vocals), Jack Taylor (guitar) and James Fawcett (drums).

Since meeting at university, the Manchester outfit have been making quite an impact with their refreshing alt-pop tracks - earning them well over two million streams on Spotify.

With previous support from the likes of BBC Introducing, ITV, BBC Sport and Manchester United FC, their latest singles ‘Dice’, ‘Bloom’ and ‘Let On’ enjoyed pick-up from Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ and 'The Indie List’ playlists.

With all of the band living together in the same house, Corella have continued to keep busy while in quarantine, continuing to record and write as a band in addition to starting their weekly Instagram live ‘Club Corella’, where they play some original material and each week cover a new track.

Fans can tune in via the band's Facebook page link every Saturday from 7pm.

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