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Video of the Moment #2452: Kodaline

 
By on Monday, 16th October 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Last Friday saw the release of a new record from Kodaline. The Dublin indie group’s EP ‘I Wouldn’t Be’ is available now from B-Unique / Sony Records. To celebrate the release, they’ve unveiled the promo video for ‘Ready to Change’ from the EP. The message of the song is simple, tough love: talk is cheap unless you’re committed to make the real changes you need in your life.

The video, directed by longtime collaborator Stevie Russell, approaches the subject matter more gently. A shy man who works at the zoo is a curiosity to a new female employee. Spoiler alert: her empathetic nature figures out a way to relate to him and get him out of his shell, much to the chagrin of the resident alpha male at the place. Root for the underdog by watching the video for ‘Ready to Change’ below. The group have announced a four-pack of live dates in the UK for December; these are listed alongside Continental dates in November here on their Facebook. For all of TGTF’s past coverage of Kodaline, follow this link.

 

Live Gig Video: watch Kodaline perform single ‘Brother’ in Warsaw acoustically

 
By on Monday, 24th July 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

Last month, Dublin group Kodaline wowed their fans with a brand new single. ‘Brother’ was accompanied by a tearjerker of a video, and you can read my extended review and essay on the single through here. Still no word on what the name is of the upcoming album that this single is associated with, nor when the long player might see the light of day. Hopefully we’ll get those details soon.

In the meantime, you can console yourself with this acoustic performance of the single, filmed and performed on the streets of Warsaw, of all places. (Like, really? I guess it’s something off the beaten path from, say, London or Dublin, right?) And when I say on the streets, I mean literally on the streets: instead of being stood in one place, they’re singing and Mark Prendergast is playing his guitar as they’re walking through the town. Th performance is a reminder of just how tight their harmonies are. The band have announced a series of four live shows for the UK in mid-December, listed here. For more much of Kodaline here on TGTF, head this way.

 

Kodaline / December 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 3rd July 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Irish band Kodaline have announced a four-pack of live dates in the UK at the end of this year. These shows also end a long Continental European run of shows in early November. Tickets will be available on Friday, the 7th of July, at 10 AM. Last week, I reviewed their new single ‘Brother’, the first taste of their upcoming third album. The name and release date of the new album hasn’t been announced yet, but something tells me it’ll be out before these live dates. For more on Kodaline here on TGTF, go here.

Friday 8th December 2017 – Manchester Apollo
Saturday 9th December 2017 – Glasgow Academy
Sunday 10th December 2017 – Birmingham Academy
Tuesday 12th December 2017 – London Brixton Academy

 

Single Review/Essay: Kodaline – Brother

 
By on Tuesday, 27th June 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

It’s been 2 years since Kodaline’s sophomore album ‘Coming Up for Air’. Now they’re ready to hit us with the first taste to their upcoming third record. Working with past producer Steve Harris plus new collaborator Two Inch Punch (Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Sam Smith), ‘Brother’ is another slow-burning, sensitive track from the Dublin foursome. Heightening the overall emotional effect of the single is its accompanying promo video, directed by longtime video collaborator Stevie Russell, who was also at the helm of the ‘All I Want’, ‘High Hopes’ and ‘Honest’ videos.

The ‘Brother’ video takes the title and theme of the song quite literally, as a young Irish boy (ginger, natch) tearfully says goodbye to his older brother. Tearfully and heartwarmingly, he is awoken in the night and reminded that, just like the Gerry and the Pacemakers’ song maintains, “you’ll never walk alone”. From the melodic verses, the tune goes into a classic Kodaline anthemic chorus, rich with the band members’ combined voices and wholly memorable. It’s unclear if the smoky warbling of lead vocalist Steve Garrigan’s repeated line of “I’ve got you brother” was done with or without effects, and if the feel of this line adds will continue throughout the new album. There’s also a gospel feel to the bridge, where they all join in on the words, “and if we hit troubled water / I’ll be the one to keep you warm and safe / and we’ll be carrying each other / until we say goodbye on our dying day”.

In this life, we make positive connections with people, those that can last for years, across thousands of miles and even beyond death. But this only happens with certain people, and effortlessly, like we’ve known them for years even before we first actually meet. We can trust them with our secrets and even our lives (“if I was dying on my knees / you would be the one to rescue me / and if you were drowned at sea / I’d give you my lungs so you could breathe”). Even if we’re not related by blood, this happens. But why? Even if you don’t believe in fate and that there’s a bigger meaning to your life than, well, being alive, it’s impossible to discount the profound effect other important, caring individuals have on our existence and in turn, how we can positively affect and inspire others who are close to us.

Having been together as a unit for quite a few years, recording, writing, travelling and touring as Kodaline, the bond created between Garrigan, Mark Prendergast, Jay Boland and Vinny May, Jr. must be as strong, if not stronger than the bonds they have with their own siblings and families. In understanding that, ‘Brother’ comes across as a touching tribute to their own very special, unbreakable connection. It also serves as a timely, relatable parable to all in the wake of the terrible tragedies we as a modern society have faced in the last few weeks: the Ariana Grande suicide bombing, the multiple terror attacks in London, the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. While ‘Brother’ feels like it also has a distinct religious bent, it’s important in these difficult times to remember that all religions are rooted in love and the caring of others, and what the world needs now is love.

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Kodaline’s brand new single ‘Brother’ is out now on RCA Records. We’re expecting more information on their third album in due course. Stay tuned. In the meantime, you can enjoy all of TGTF’s past coverage on Kodaline through this link.

 

Live Gig Video(s): watch behind-the-scenes footage of Kodaline at the Jameson Bow Street Sessions and them talking about their history

 
By on Wednesday, 13th April 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Dublin pop success story Kodaline have had a wild ride the last 3 years. It seems like yesterday I saw them play at Maggie Mae’s at SXSW 2013, before their meteoric rise to global fame.

Last month, the band – Steve Garrigan, Mark Prendergast, Jason Boland and Vinnie May, Jr. – took part in a special Bow Street Sessions show at Dublin Academy on the 16th of March. They performed alongside County Donegal’s Little Hours (who I saw open for The Staves last spring at Dublin Olympia), Dingle’s Walking on Cars, Canadian act July Talk and the local Dublin Street Choir. The Bow Street Sessions are curated and put on by Jameson Whiskey, in partnership with the famed, long-running Irish music and politics magazine Hot Press.

In the first embed below, you can enjoy some exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Kodaline preparing for their moment on the night and their first-ever live appearance at the Academy, along with some clips of the other acts. Directly below it, we’ve also found a video called ‘Our Story’, which sees the members of Kodaline talk about their humble beginnings in their own words. For our extensive back coverage of Kodaline here on TGTF, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #1895: Kodaline

 
By on Tuesday, 1st September 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Having followed Irish pop favourites Kodaline since they made a splash early on in their career at SXSW 2013, it seems almost surreal watching their latest promo video for ‘Love Will Set You Free’, from the band’s second album ‘Coming Up for Air’ that I reviewed back around the time of its release in February. From quiet moments alone by the ocean to a rammed gig at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, Kodaline take you along for a behind-the-scenes ride through their busy touring life these days. Proud and happy for you, guys!

Kodaline tour the UK and Ireland in December; all the dates are listed here. All our past coverage of Kodaline on TGTF is this way.

 
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