Poll thrusts Swords lads into spotlight

Kodaline, gig in Leeds March 2013
Kodaline, gig in Leeds March 2013

DUBLIN-based alt rock outfit Kodaline arrive at the Leadmill on Monday with plenty to live up to, having been included on the BBC Sound Of poll long list and MTV’s Brand New for 2013 list,

Singer Steve Garrigan, guitarist Mark Prendergast and drummer Vinny May grew up in houses just two minutes away from each other in Swords, a working class town near Dublin airport. Steve and Mark met aged eight, when they were the only boys in the school choir.

Six years later, at a youth retreat, both were placed in the same house and both took guitars. A musical bond was formed over late night singalongs. Returning to Swords, they recruited Vinny, who also lived two minutes away.

In 2007 in the four-piece 21 Demands, they were runners-up on the RTE TV show You’re A Star and scored a chart-topping hit on the back of it. Give Me A Minute which was the first Irish Number 1 by an unsigned band, although they’re fairly dismissive about it now (“It was terrible.”). Having added bassist Jason Boland to the line-up they brought out their debut The Kodaline EP last September and released another extended play this week, The High Hopes. Their highly anticipated debut album, In A Perfect World, comes out on June 3.