Gig preview: Kodaline at O2 Academy, Leeds

Kodaline. PIC: Dave Ma
Kodaline. PIC: Dave Ma
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Irish rockers Kodaline arrive in Leeds this Sunday to play what promises to be a lively sold-out show at the O2 Academy.

Having recently released a new album, Coming Up For Air, we spoke to bassist Jason Boland about the band’s whirlwind success and what inspires their brand of pop-infused rock.

“We’ve been incredibly lucky, there have been so many ‘pinch yourself’ moments recently,” Jason explains. “Even though the industry has changed so much over the last few years, essentially music is now much more in the hands of people”

As a band that have only been on the scene for a few years I wondered what advice they would give to any up and coming musicians.

“We get asked that a lot, and its very hard to know what to say, really. At the heart of it, bands still cut their teeth on the live scene, if you want to be in a band, you have to put the work in.”

In the past their lyrics have dealt with heartache and real life experiences, but on the new album Coming Up For Air the themes are much more up-lifting.

“The last year or so really has been overly positive, Steve writes most of the lyrics, and we try to stay true to life, this album is definitely not as melancholy as previous albums, it’s a snapshot of a moment in time. As a band its important to be true to life and change, improve and you want every album to be different.”

The band have a huge and loyal following, having recently played a landmark show in Dublin’s College Green on New Year’s Eve, as well as a memorable performance at Glastonbury. This year will see Kodaline embarking on a monster tour both in Europe and in America. With the band being away from the comforts of home for such a long time, what would they miss the most?

“I’m not really a going out and clubbing type of person, the thing I will miss the most is probably a cosy night in with a good box set!”

Growing up Ireland almost certainly had an influence on the band, their songs are drenched in folk and clever word play.

“In Ireland it’s OK to have a career as a musician, it’s completely normal for your job to be in a working band. We have a great tradition of songwriting, songs are such an important part of our history, and it does tend to have an effect as you’re growing up.”

Their show in Leeds is sold out, and promises to be a highlight of their tour. As a band with a hugely positive and can-do attitude, I am certain that 2015 will be Kodaline’s year, expect massive things!

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