Releasing his sophomore album last year in the form of the relentlessly endearing Funland, Coyle Girelli‘s undeniable musical magic drastically turned heads as a solo artist via his 2018 debut album release Love Kills. With an ongoing penchant for formidable songwriting and measured genre exploration, Coyle’s musical prowess has also found him hotly in demand as a songwriter and producer for multiple artists, including work with BTS, Macklemore, Robin Schulz, Westlife and more.
A multi-instrumentalist who has also turned his gaze to musical theatre alongside building towards his, as yet unnamed, third studio full length, Coyle is only truly just getting started in 2023 – and Museum Day is the perfect introduction to album #3. And fittingly, as Coyle concludes, Museum Day was the natural choice to represent the brand-new chapter in the ever-evolving Coyle Girelli creative journey: “I’m very excited to be releasing this one as the first new music from my new upcoming album. It was the first one that came together so it just naturally pushed its way to the front of the line.”
Name: Coyle Girelli
Alias: Girelli The Great – King of Yorkshire
In less than 50 words describe your music and yourself.
I’m a British songwriter, singer and composer currently residing in NYC. Originally fronted indie bands Your Vegas and then The Chevin I released my first solo album “Love Kills” in 2018. I have written songs for many other artists including BTS, Macklemore, Daisy the Great, Robin Schulz, Westlife and more and currently have five musicals that I’ve written in various stages of production in NY. My third solo album is out later this year.
What was the first rock/pop concert you attended?
It was Placebo many moons ago. Loved it. I was hooked on rock n roll. There was no turning back for me.
Punk or Goth Music:
The Best live artist/band you’ve seen:
Oh man there’s so many. Radiohead are unreal live. U2. Prodigy. Oasis. Muse. So many. I don’t think I could say one is the best.
Your “In the mood for love” song:
You Do Something to Me – Cole Porter
What are you currently reading?
I’m bouncing between a few things but mainly the Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. It’s a beautifully written tale and I love diving into the world of Greek mythology in such a human way.
Which song do you wish you had written?
Thunder Road by Springsteen. It’s perfect. Heartbreaking. Now I just sing it at Karaoke Author Manuel Puig said “I’m not terribly happy about rock and roll.
Rock music is uninspiring, numbing; it makes you feel like an idiot.” Discuss.
Poor Manuel Puig. I feel sorry for him.
Vinyl, Cassette, CD, mp3 or Streaming?
I’m a big fan of streaming and the artistic freedom and power it’s given to artists. But from a personal listening point it’s gotta be vinyl every time.
If you could hang out with any music artist, in a bar one afternoon, who would it be?
Easy – Paul McCartney. If he’s trapped there with me and can’t escape, then I have so many questions. Paul gimme a call next time you’re in New York.
How often do you look at your mobile phone?
Like most people I’d say too often. It’s a moreish little bugger.
Any good back stage stories?
Ohhh yeah, a lot of them. I can’t talk about any of them though. What goes on tour stays on tour and all that. My mouths zipped shut. An alien lands on Earth and wants to know what Rock and roll sounds like.
What song do you play him?
The Kinks – You Really Got Me – it’s so pure!
Favourite all time TV show:
Kind of impossible question as there’s so many so I’ll name a couple. I’m Alan Partridge, The Office (English version, Breaking Bad, Succession, Curb Your Enthusiasm.
What is your specialty in the kitchen?
Well, I do have some pretty mean pasta recipes that I’ve tried to copy from my mum and grandma. It doesn’t come close to theirs but it’s pretty good. It’s all about the red sauce. Also, fish. I cook up a few pretty decent fish dishes. Oh, and a Sunday Roast obviously. I reckon i’d give anyone a run for their money when it comes to a Sunday Roast. Mines a beauty.
With whom would you like to record a song with?
Kate Bush. She’s always been my #1 and I’d love to duet with her angelic voice. You have tickets to see The Killers and Bruce Springsteen but they are on the same night.
Which one do you attend?
Gotta be Bruuuuce!! I’ve seen the Killers live a few times and even played with them a few moons ago. And as much as I love ‘em it’s Bruce every time for me. I’m a massive fan of Springsteen. Born to Run is an album that changed everything for me when I first heard it and continues to influence me when I write.
Where do you hope to be in 12 months?
Getting ready to release another new album while sat on a beach somewhere sipping a fruity drink.
Written and produced by Coyle himself, Museum Day draws on sonic sprinklings from the likes of The Smiths, The Drums, Big Thief, Alvvays and Harry Styles, with Coyle’s trademark warmth amplified alongside a potent indie twist.
Coyle explains, “Museum Day is a more upbeat indie vibe than I’ve done for a while. It sounds like a hot summer’s night on the town in New York City, without the hangover in the morning. It’s about a moment. A memory. A happy one. A perfect one. Something you crave and miss and want.”
Muesum Day is out now.
Interview by Geoff Jenke