After a five year hiatus, UK rockers The Coral have launched what the band is calling a “Cassette Tape Amnesty”. In a brilliant move, the band is calling for your old cassette compilations and mix tapes, and the 50 most offensive cassettes will be ‘cleansed’ by the band. Basically, your cassette’s old tracks will be recorded over and replaced with the band’s new album, Distance Inbetween, due for release on March 4th via Ignition Records.
The Coral have reached out to fans via the band’s website and told them to send their cassettes to: The Coral, PO Box 29479, NW1 6GG. Once received, the fifty chosen cassettes will be re-recorded with the new LP, and then sent back to the owners with a clean bill of health.
Coral vocalist James Skelly said: “Home taping didn’t exactly kill music, but we know it caused some horrible collections of music to be compiled, so it’s time for an amnesty.”
“Now is the time to dig into drawers, cupboards and boxes and admit to cassette crimes, or offer up the bad decisions of friends, relatives and lovers who made tapes that should never, ever be heard again.”
“Distance Inbetween is being released on cassette and we’re heavily influenced by our own rediscovery of the unique sound of old tapes, so the format is growing closer to our hearts. The format has an underrated life all of its own, so we’re doing our bit to restore its respectability.”
Working in tandem with the new release, the band will be heading out on a UK tour, including a show at London’s O2 Forum on March 16th. The band will then head out to Europe in April before returning home for a hometown gig where it will headline Liverpool Sound City Festival on May 29th.
Check out the band’s new video for “Chasing the Trail of a Dream” below: