For a brief moment, Liverpool was once again the epicentre of intriguing British pop.
Emerging from Merseyside, with more than a nod to the city's heritage, The Bandits, The Zutons, Dead 60s and Cranebuilders have made significant waves in recent years.
But the band that undoubtedly paved the way for their local brethren was scallydelic sextet The Coral. Melding Merseybeat, West Coast psych-pop and the mutant blues of Captain Beefheart, the youthful musical magpies from Hoylake mine a rich seam of British and American influences.
Illuminated by a hazy wash of blue lights, The Coral trawl through a selection of material from each of their full-length albums, but largely from their latest offering, The Invisible Invasion.
While the six-piece's song-craft has become more mature and focused, they have arguably become less interesting sonically than their chaotic early material, but this first date on their new UK tour sees them reclaim some of their inherent strangeness.
An oddly lacklustre Pass It On is dispatched early on, but elsewhere The Coral are in determined mood. Led by tambourine-wielding frontman James Skelly, whose wide-eyed croon is integral to their charmingly off-kilter pop, they dash through a set of insistent, hook-filled nuggets, including In the Morning, Shadows Fall and Goodbye, which sees them reduced to silhouettes on a smoke-filled stage.
Don't Think You're the Firstis a spacey highlight, as is the deliciously outlandish closer, Arabian Sand - an organ-fuelled slice of swirling psychedelia.
The history of Scouse pop is a long and celebrated one, but judging by this performance, The Coral still have a gripping chapter to add.