By Joe Watson
June 17, 2013
Kodaline have been having a busy time of it lately. Since releasing their debut EP The Kodaline EP in September of last year, the band have been – and are still – touring extensively (how’s Glastonbury, T in The Park, Japan’s Summer Sonic, and Belgium’s Pukkelpop Festival for summer travelling?). With their debut album, In A Perfect World, due for release on the 17th June, it seems unlikely that the pace is going to let up for this talented four-piece from Dublin. Our writer, Joe Watson, was lucky in catching frontman Steve Garrigan in one of the band’s quieter moments, and had the chance to ask him a bit more about the whirlwind of the last few months.
Hi guys! Second EP released in March, lead single ‘High Hopes’ number 1 in Ireland, 16 in the U.K, a tour of the U.K and U.S just over, before playing a bunch of festivals across Europe and Japan as well as finding the time to release your debut album. Are you busy?
Yeah, it’s really great playing to different crowds every night, we’re experiencing a lot of new places and meeting new people for the most part it’s been cool.
I once got the chance to meet Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) back stage before a gig in Glasgow and when the time came to shake hands, I was so star struck that the only thing I managed to mutter was ‘Are you busy?’ Have you ever had a similar experience? If so can you elaborate?
I met Billy Joel in a dive bar in L.A. and I was talking to him for a while about life and stuff before I realised who he was. I just thought he was some random nice guy, but when I figured out who he was I was lost for words, I literally forgot how to speak! He walked away soon after. I can relate, man.
I was at your most recent Glasgow show and got to hear some new tracks from your forthcoming debut album and thought ‘All Comes Down To You’ was a particular stand out. What else can you tell us about the album?
The album is a mix of emotions, happy, sad and everything in between. It’s basically a diary of personal events that have happened to us over the last two years. The main theme is hope. I’m a true believer in positive thinking. It can get you through anything, but maybe that’s just me.
Stylistically, the music spanning the 2 EP’s is a bit of a mixed bag. I’m guessing that the songs are written more by feel though instead of someone saying ‘Let’s make a psychedelic number’. Taking into account that the number of instruments you can turn your hand to provides plenty of scope to do pretty much whatever you like?
It all depends on how we feel at the time, we literally express ourselves through music, it’s our diary man, like holding it up and passing it around for people to pass judgement on. It’s strange.
Winding the clock back a bit further, you hit the ground running with ‘All I Want’, which ended up featured in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Now it’s been remixed by Everything Everything. Those guys know how to put on a show, eh? What is it about them that you like?
We’re really big fans, it was great of them to do that and the remix is cool. Their music is clever, emotional and real. We’ve had their song Duet on repeat on the bus, it’s an indie classic! Such a cool band.
They’re playing the Isle of Wight Festival on the Friday whilst you guys are up on the Sunday. You guys are also playing Glastonbury. What other festivals do you have lined up and how are the nerves at playing such prestigious events?
We can’t wait to play, we’ve got a lot of festivals this summer. Hopefully the crowds will be good. We’ve never been to a lot of them, so we’re also looking forward to checking out some bands.
With everything that’s going on for you guys, this certainly appears to be your year. If you could tell the world one thing about Kodaline, what would it be?
We’re just four friends who try to make sense of life through music.