Darren Milby column: High Hopes for future of Dublin band

New album by Kodaline. Picture: PA Photo/Handout.
New album by Kodaline. Picture: PA Photo/Handout.
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In April of this year a band hailing from Dublin paid a visit to The Bay studios as part of their first ever radio tour.

Kodaline had just been signed to a major record label after gaining a huge following through years of graft and gigging.

In fact they made chart history in Ireland in 2007 when under their original name ‘21 Diamonds’ they because the first band to top the charts with a record released independently.

Fast forward six years and the four piece were excited about their debut UK single ‘High Hopes.’

Since the lads visit to The Bay (where they cleared us out of custard creams and chocolate hobnobs) the guys have had an amazing time. Their album came out in September and went straight into the top 10.

They have since toured the States to critical acclaim, performed at all the big UK festivals and have played bigger and bigger venues.

I caught up with them again recently on the eve of another UK headline tour - their biggest yet.

The guys had just flown in from America after performing over there. Steve told me “The American Tour was great.

“Lots of crazy, clichéd tour things happened like tour bus breaking down and getting lost in New York. We actually left our bass player in New York because he lost his passport.

“We left him for four days and he kept sending us photos of him having his own little holiday. I’m sure he did it on purpose.”

The American tour went so well that the venues proved inadequate for the number of fans who turned up.

On one occasion the guys realised that a large number of people in the queue were not going to squeeze in so before the concert started they performed an acoustic set in the pub next door so as not disappoint fans. I asked them if all this success has brought about an extra pressure for the notoriously difficult second album.

“Not really.” Mark told me.

“We are going to start it in January but we are more excited than anything else. We’ve been on the road for the past year so it’s exciting to switch it up a bit and get back in the studio and create music.”

Kodaline have had an amazing year. Their highlight has been the festivals where they have performed and the crowd have sung their songs back to them. That must be an amazing feeling. I’m looking forward to their second album.