From community centre battles of the bands to Europe, America and beyond, it has been over 10 years since Kodaline (originally 21 Demands) started their journey to international fame. Their first jaunt into stardom was during You’re a Star (the Irish version of The X Factor), launching them into the public eye in their native land. Their 2011 name change seems to have been a turning point for the Dublin-born foursome.
Their first album as Kodaline, A Perfect World (2013), sold an unexpected 350,000 copies, with songs such as ‘All I Want’ becoming hits overnight thanks to YouTube. It wasn’t long before the quartet were back in the studio recording their second album, Coming Up For Air (2015), which they managed to put together in just eight weeks. With help from producer Jacknife Lee, who has previously worked with Snow Patrol, R.E.M. and Taylor Swift, the lads have produced another spectacular record full of unforgettable, powerful lyrics and, this time, some interesting sounds created through experimentation with synths, sharpies and even half-filled Coca-Cola cans.
For any avid fans out there, do not fear, this is simply a sign of progression and refinement, and the classic Kodaline sound is still present in their new album. It’s probably the last chance to see these guys in as intimate a setting as Sala Bikini, so don’t miss out on March 4th.
Tickets are available from €20. More information here.