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According to the notoriously hyperbolic English press, the Coral has released “[t]he most compelling British rock debut for a generation.” Though objective listeners have good reason to snort at such a claim, this Merseyside sextet is not without some merits. The band got its start on the coattails of Oasis, but has since sidestepped Britpop and its mid-period-Beatles roots and embraced all brands of late-’60s psychedelia. It’s easy to spot the influences: the Zombies’ garage energy, Syd Barrett’s atmospheric surrealness, Jim Morrison’s melodramatic vocals, Ray Manzarek’s circusy organ grooviness, and Captain Beefheart’s unpredictable time changes. Though the album’s Sgt. Pepper’s-esque sleeve confirms the been-there, done-that nature of this project, the nursery-rhyming “Simon Diamond” and the sea-shanty-ish “Spanish Main” proffer distinctive enough choruses to partially belie the comparison. The Coral plays with Supergrass at 7:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $15. (202) 393-0930. (Steve Kiviat)