Irish rock band The Coronas are looking forward to returning to LA, playing The Echo on Saturday, Nov. 19.
Although hailing from Dublin, the band has recorded albums in DTLA and spent time in Echo Park and Silverlake.
“We have a lot of friends there,” said singer Danny O’Reilly.
“There’s just something about the place that I always really liked. It has a laidback vibe to it. The weather, of course, is always good. It’s one of the places in America we actually lived for a while. We recorded (the 2011 album) ‘Closer to You’ in LA.”
Helming its own label, The Coronas have recorded seven studio albums. Three of the band’s members — O’Reilly, Graham Knox and Conor Egan — met at Terenure College where they formed a band called Kiros with a friend.
The band split and then reformed as Corona, later changing the name to The Coronas to differentiate itself from the Italian dance act.
The Coronas’ sophomore effort “Tony Was an Ex-Con” received Best Irish Album at the 2010 Meteor Awards, beating Snow Patrol’s “Up to Now” and U2’s “No Line on the Horizon” among others.
“Time Stopped,” the band’s seventh album, builds on the moment of ‘True Love Waits,” which topped the Irish charts the week of its release in July 2020, following a creative, socially distanced “tour” of Ireland in an album-themed ice cream truck.
“True Love Waits” held off new releases from Fontaines D.C. and Taylor Swift to reach No. 1 that week. It became the fastest-selling Irish album of the year and The Coronas’ most successful album to date internationally.
“It came together pretty easily,” O’Reilly added about “Time Stopped.”
“I didn’t put much pressure on myself to write. I went through phases where I didn’t write at all. A lot of songs were coming, and I thought, ‘Listen, we’ve got an album here. Let’s plan on recording it.’
“For us, it was all we could do. We did a streams and socially distanced gigs. It was a tough time. It worked out really well in the end with the tour.”
The Coronas are renowned for their concerts. The son of legendary folk singer Mary Black, O’Reilly said The Coronas bring a high-energy, pop-rock show. This time, the opener is O’Reilly’s sister, Róisín.
“We try and get the crowd singing along with us,” he said. “It’s part of our process. Anything is possible.
“We always say the crowds make The Coronas show. The more enthusiastic they are, the more we are. We’re loving being back on tour. It’s nice to be back on the road.”
They are happy to return to the stage, with sold-out appearances at the Marquee in Cork and on the grounds of Trinity College in Dublin. Watch “Don’t You Say You’re in Love” from that show at https://bit.ly/TheCoronasLiveLADN.
“The U.S. is a lot of fun,” O’Reilly said. “It’s probably my favorite place in the world to tour. I love the way every state is completely different. We spend a lot of time here. I worked over here as a student in San Diego, lived in Chicago for another summer. We’ve been here plenty of times over the years. We love it here.”