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Kodaline set to release full-length debut, ‘In A Perfect World’ + interview

Kodaline

When it comes to Dublin-based foursome Kodaline’s approach to writing music, there’s only one thing that defines its quality: honesty.  The band, which consists of  members Stephen Garrigan, Mark Prendergast, Vinny May Jr, and Jason Boland, writes songs that are unforgettable and catchy, while still maintaining real depth and meaning lyrically.  “…it’s basically our diary,” explained frontman Steve Garrigan, “it’s a strange feeling putting them out there, it’s like passing around your diary for people to comment on. Hopefully people like it.”

The band is set to release their debut full-length record, In a Perfect World, in the US on October 8th.  I’m excited to share my conversation with Steve Garrigan with you – I know that you’ll love these guys!  Enjoy and stay tuned for more on Kodaline!

What is your typical day like?
I usually wake up late, as I’m a very late sleeper.  I pretty much gig every night, my days are pretty chilled, I’ll probably be messing around on a piano or strumming a guitar.  Nothing exciting really… might go to the gym.  I spend a lot of time on Skype too, catching up with mates.  I’m on tour at the moment.  So that’s a general tour day.  The nights are a very different story.

Coming up with a band name can’t be easy these days…how did you come up with the name Kodaline?
We wanted to come up with something we could take ownership of, there’s thousands of bands out there so it was difficult to do. Kodaline is just a word we came up with, a name is just a name really, to be honest it means nothing.  It’s all about the music for us… as cliché as that might sound…. it’s the truth.

What’s your first memory related to music?
I remember hearing the Beatles revolution playing when I was about 8 years old, my older brother had just bought a tape of theirs and he put it on.  I was lying on the top bunk and I remember hearing that ‘scream’ – you know the one Paul McCartney does in the intro – I jumped off my bunk and shouted, “what the hell was that!!” It sent a shiver down my spine.

What was your experience recording your EP versus your full-length record that you are getting ready to release?
To be honest there was no real difference, we love recording and writing so the longer we can spend in a studio the better.  Our music is basically our diary, even now I’ve written a lot of songs about experiences I’ve had on this tour, if we could go into a studio right now I would.

What inspired the title of the new record, ‘In a Perfect World’?
It’s a catch 22, I mean I genuinely believe it’s impossible to live in a perfect world, perfection doesn’t exist in my opinion, the best thing you can do is make the best out of what you’ve got or what your given. Playing writing or listening to music, well music in general for us is the closest thing to a perfect world.

Which tracks are you particularly excited to share with the world?
Two songs on the album, one called, “Talk” and the other called, “Way Back When” –  although every song means a lot to us, it’s basically our diary, it’s a strange feeling putting them out there, it’s like passing around your diary for people to comment on. Hopefully people like it.

What are you guys learning from each other now that you’re spending so much time together on the road?
We’ve grown up together so there wasn’t much left to learn about each other, although their are some funny habits that we’ve each learned about each other, for example our drummer Vinny won’t wash his hair while in the shower he literally gets out drys himself and then gets back in to wash his hair?! It doesn’t make sense.  To each their own I suppose.

If you had to name 3 albums that have meant the most to you in your life, which would you choose and why?
The Beatles – White Album
Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town
LCD Sound System – Sound of Silver

All three have helped me in get through tough times in my life and they still do.

Thank you, Steve!

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