Sheffield four-piece Cora Pearl follow up their debut with the sleazy and somewhat surreal Graffiti.
Despite being a band for a relatively short period of time, Sheffield’s Cora Pearl have quickly garnered a reputation thanks to their incendiary live shows, something which has seen the band support the likes of We Are Scientists and Twisted Wheel. With influences that span the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and Car Seat Headrest, it’s unsurprising that Cora Pearl’s take contemporary indie is somewhat idiosyncratic; something that’s brought to the fore brilliantly on second single, Graffiti.
With a frenetic almost hip-hop delivery coupled with a weighty rhythm section, it’s a single immediately reminiscent of Cage the Elephant; a woozy lead guitar draped lazily across the top, interspersed with occasional free-jazz brass only adding to its sleazy psychedelia. Lyrically its no less high-brow: heavily influenced by John Lennon’s use of abstract imagery on Beatles tracks such as ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, as well as the concept of juxtaposition found in the works of Douglas Adams. Your average Sheffield indie band, they are not. You can stream Graffiti exclusively below: