Kodaline: In a perfect world
Reviewed by Melanie Fullard .
When did you last hear a song that gave you goose bumps?
I was in my local coffee shop recently, waiting for the trendy young assistant to stop gushing to her mate about her NFB (new fave band) Kodaline.
I was just about to have a senior moment and ask her if there was any possibility of me getting my cappuccino before the milk went off, when an unknown sound permeated the room and out came the goose bumps. I needed to hear more of said NFB and plugged into iTunes, soon as I got home.
Not since Elbow's, Seldom Seen Kid had I wanted to drive my mates barmy and give them dodgy copied CDs; whether they wanted them or not.
I googled, too: Four twenty something Irish lads from Swords in Dublin. Steve and Mark meet in the school choir, aged 8, go to a youth retreat six years later and decide to form a band. On return, they recruit drummer, Vinny.
They drop out of college 'to have a crack at it' and in 2007, name themselves 21Demands and have a hit in the Irish singles chart.
They then go off to hone their songwriting skills and re-emerge in 2011 as Kodaline. With the subsequent recruitment of bassist, Jason, they emerge with a great debut album. Has Alan Parker had anything to do with this, I ask?
The mix is Coldplay's Parachutes and Elbow's, Seldom Seen Kid. Throw in a bit of Flaming Lips and a tinge of Arcade Fire. Oh, and for good measure, a twang of Marcus Mumford. Job done.
Their lyrics deal with emotion and loss that belie their tender age. Experiences more fitting of a forty something caffeine addict with a string of failed relationships and an aversion to queueing... I digress.
There's bleakness on All I Want, followed by the feel good, Brand New Day. Despite the melancholy, the overall message is an optimistic one and it's a good album. I hope it does what Parachutes did for Chris Martin and his band.
I remember seeing Coldplay on the bill at VFestival when they were one of the first acts on the bill and nobody gave a toss. Me and my mate loved them. So markmiwurdz people, markmiwurdz.
This is how it is in Kodaland: One day, there you'll be at your favourite festival. It's a lovely balmy summer evening and you're right at the front of the stage with your mates, when through the crowd walks your long lost love from way back when.
Handing you your favourite drink, they say,'Hi, I've been looking for you. I've missed you and I was wrong'. You embrace and kiss like you invented it, just as the stage lights go down.
Kodaline take to the stage and open with the first bars of, Brand New Day. And just for that moment, you are, in a perfect world.
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