After a youth spent listening to the crackling fuzz of Australian AM radio, her mother’s car was Koral’s first musical education: Gershwin, Elvis, The Beatles, Mama Cass and The Shirelles rang out on the long drives across the country.
From a young age, music lessons were a disaster. Piano, recorder, flute and violin all falling away when her teachers caught on that she was cheating at her theory practice and only playing by ear. At 11, she discovered an old record player at a garage sale and spent her only dollar on the vinyl that caught her eye: the cartoon cover of Pink Floyd’s The Wall. A chance gift of Jeff Buckley’s Grace in her teen years, the music store clerk’s suggestion of Uh Huh Her, her father’s favourite Zeppelin’s IV and big brother’s stolen copy of Vulgar Display of Power all have something to answer for in her sound.
Equally influential is Koral’s band. Just as Nick Cave has his Bad Seeds, Koral has her Goodbye Horses – Sam Knight (drums), Aaron Nash (keys), Emily Retsas (bass) and now Django Rowe (guitar) – all of whom thrive on Koral’s signature sound.