- 11 Oct 18
They started out as a bunch of mates from Swords, gigging and busking together. Steadily, they have conquered hearts and minds, in Ireland and around the world, through hard work, great songs and superb live performances. After a prolonged hiatus, with the release of their third album Politics Of Living, they are ready to talk again – about mental health and the importance of talking; about our ‘fantastic’ President, Michael D. Higgins; about social media; and about how staying grounded and sticking together is at the heart of their musical success.
Down around 3Arena, gale force winds battered buildings and swept trees and debris onto nearby Luas tracks. A storm of a different kind was brewing when I met Irish indie-pop four-piece Kodaline, who are preparing to release their highly anticipated third studio album Politics Of Living.
Irish indie-pop four-piece Kodaline have just released their highly anticipated third studio album Politics Of Living. When Hot Press caught up with them last month, the lads were in the midst of a hectic promotional schedule involving countless radio interviews, in-store signings, and live busking performances in front of hundreds of avid fans. It is a process they relish after a few false starts with the record that led them to cancel the European leg of their tour this September. Fast-forward a month and the tour has been reinstated and the band – comprising Steve Garrigan, Mark Prendergast, Vincent May, and Jason Boland – have already sold out shows in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Czech Republic.
Their trajectory has been steadily upwards, starting with the release of their debut album In A Perfect World, which entered the Irish Album Charts at No.1 in 2013 and No.3 in the UK. A slew of Irish sold-out shows followed, including Marlay Park in 2016 and Malahide Castle in 2018. Meanwhile, their stand-out, soaring, soulful ballad ‘High Hopes’ has been a huge radio hit internationally.