For many artists, lockdown has provided an opportunity to step back, reflect and create. For others, being away from the studio and bandmates has caused a creative hurdle. Not for Manchester quartet, Corella, who were all living together before lockdown began. The band have been continuing to write and record while locked down together and treating their fans to a weekly ‘Club Corella’ live streamed show on their socials, every Saturday at 7pm.
Not only that, but they’ve also launched their first new track of the year ‘Puppets’. Bolting forward from the off, the explosive track is bursting with summer ready, chiming synth layers, propulsive and choppy multi-layered guitars, and super tight, perforating drum sounds. They all form part of the huge wall of sound Corella have crafted here, as the track relentlessly drives forward. All the while, Joel’s anthem-like vocals prevail, corralling the track into its massive, arena-ready chorus.
“’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.”
“’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.” Elaborating in an Instagram post, they added: “We started writing this song around August last year, during a writing session in Wales. We were isolated and away from everyone and it felt good to get creative. Fast forward to now, we’re in a different kind of isolation, but the music still resonates.”
Since meeting at university, the Manchester band 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.
Corella certainly aren’t letting the current status of the world hold them back, and this first look at how the band are progressing sonically tells us they don’t plan on slowing down any time soon.
‘Puppets’ is out now.