Kodaline on the horizon

Kodaline: Mark Prendergast, Steve Garrigan, Jason Boland and Vinny May

By David Hennessy

Their debut album In A Perfect World climbed to number 3 in the UK charts and straight to number 1 in Ireland when it was released in June. But it was over a year ago that the Dublin four piece started being noticed when their ballad All I Want was heavily endorsed for both its tune and Beauty and the Beast inspired video. The current single All I Want is currently number one in the UK charts. Currently headlining their biggest UK tour to date, the Irish band are now finding fans even further afield having just returned from a US tour that included playing the famous Jay Leno Show.

“That was our first US headline tour,” bass player Jason Boland tells The Irish World backstage at the recent O2 in Hammersmith. “Everyone we met was really positive. They have the most positive hecklers in the world: ‘Really enjoying myself!’ It’s great.”

Lead singer, keyboard player and guitarist Steve Garrigan continues: “What we found on the tour was that there was a lot of people going to a lot of shows so you actually start to recognise some people: You’ve seen them at like four or five different gigs and they have travelled like a day on a train to get to the next gig so we really appreciated that, we made sure to talk to them after and hang out. There was no negative vibes, all the shows were great.”

Playing such an iconic show as Jay Leno, were they conscious of how big it was? Steve answers: “We were told we might be invited, we might not so we didn’t really get our hopes up and we found out the last minute but we had like a 20 hour drive just to get there We were about to leave san Francisco, get in the van and the engine wouldn’t start. We literally had minutes to spare.”

All I Want has now been officially released with a new video including the character from its predecessor. Jason says: “When we released the first EP, it was just an introduction to Kodaline and we had four videos. The radio did get behind it at the start but it was completely unintentional on our part so this is our first chance to get it out there and see what the reaction is. We did have a part two of the video as well and that’s got almost as good a reaction as the first one which has been out for a year and a half.”

If the band are seen in one of their own videos, it is mostly as background characters or in a quick cameo. Steve explains posing in videos is not what the band is about: “We wanted it to be about the music. I know it’s a cliché but it is the most important thing. We’re not gonna be sitting on a wrecking ball naked…”

Jason quips: “Not again anyway.”

Steve adds: “Miley Cyrus stole our idea. You should have seen our version.”

The band have been honoured to have none other than Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham star in their video for High Hopes. Steve explains how this came about: “Stevie Russell had this idea for High Hopes and he used Liam Cunningham as an example of what would be perfect and somehow, I think six degrees of separation, Liam Cunningham got to hear the song and he liked the song and was just like: ‘Yeah, I’ll do it’. It worked out perfectly. He(Jason)’s a huge Game of Thrones fan and he(Cunningham)’s just a bit of an Irish legend anyway.”

For the full interview, see the November 23 Irish World.

Kodaline are currently touring the UK and Ireland.

The single All I Want is out now.

For more information, go to: http://www.kodaline.com/

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