- 30 Mar 16
Already one of the great Irish success stories, world domination awaits the Dublin quartet. They star on the cover of the new Hot Press — and, inside, relive the journey so far, look ahead to a summer spectacular in Marlay Park, and discuss their crucial third album
After rocking The Academy as part of Jameson Bow St. Sessions earlier this month, Kodaline star on the cover of the new Hot Press.
Following more than a year of almost non-stop travel promoting their sophomore album, Coming Up For Air, the quartet catch up with to Olaf Tyaransen. Ahead of the summer, their eyes, unsurprisingly, are fixed on their home city.
“Marlay Park is pretty hard to comprehend,” admits Mark, as the group look ahead to their mammoth date in July. “I can’t even put it into words. One of the first gigs Steve and I ever went to was The White Stripes in Marlay Park in 2005 or 2006, so the fact that we’re going back…like, if you’d told me that at the age of 15, I wouldn’t have believed you.”
Mind, a hell of a lot has changed since then. At that time, the young Swords upstarts were taking their early steps in music— today, things are very different.
“The first big thing that ever happened to us was our song ‘All I Want’, and the video that went with it, going viral,” says frontman Steve Garrigan. “Since then it’s just gone from strength to strength… and that was four years ago. We’ve had a lot of lucky breaks, but at the same time we’ve worked incredibly hard.”
Indeed, the hard work of the past couple of months has included a marathon European tour, which included first ever shows in Russia and Portugal. The pressing issue from this point forward, though, is in writing their all-important third album – “we already have a load of new tunes from the road,”, says Mark.
To read the whole interview, including stories from the road and their sky-high ambitions for the future, pick up a copy of the new Hot Press, on sale now or get it sent to your door or tablet...