In their own words: Kodaline
The frontman of chart-topping anthemic rockers Kodaline, Stephen Garrigan has had a whirlwind year. Kodaline's debut, In A Perfect World, topped the charts in Ireland and reached number three in the UK. There have been negative reviews – Britain's Q magazine castigated the record as 'entirely without merit' – but, with an O2 date scheduled for 2014, the public is clearly on their side. It's been a strange trip for the group who, in their previous incarnation as 21 Demands featured on You're A Star. Here, Stephen shares his thoughts on his career as a rock star so far.
"It's pretty crazy that we're playing The O2. You drive past it growing up and always imagine performing there. The idea that we are now going to step out onstage is pretty cool."
"I get nervous before every show. And that's a good thing. Nerves keep you on your toes. Those extra few nerves, they almost always help. It makes the gig more exciting."
"Our album was number one for a day. We were ahead in the midweek album charts. In the end we came in behind [Kanye West]. We were just happy that there was so much interest. Honestly, we weren't expecting anything. It's amazing – even now it's going up in the charts again. Our UK tour is sold out."
"We don't read our reviews. You are never going to impress everyone. There will always be people who don't like what you do. For us, the most important thing is that people want to come to the shows."
"People think only girls like our band. Our audiences range across all types. We're touring America at the moment. We get older people too – every sort. We keep an eye on who is looking at our Facebook page and we like to interact with them."
"We learned a few things from our previous group. We were introduced to doing interviews, being on radio. It doesn't compare to what we are at now. We love the music we make today. Back then, we were simply kids. It gave us an insight into touring and stuff like that. I don't think anyone appreciates what they are letting themselves in for."
"America is fantastic. Most of the shows are sold out, the crowds are really good, but obviously we're a lot bigger in the UK and Ireland than in America."
"Wherever you go, you meet Irish people. You can be playing a club in South Dakota and there will be Irish people. We went to Australia and, walking through Sydney, it was like it had been taken over by the Irish."
Kodaline's Deezer Sessions can be listened to at deezer.com. The band plays Olympia, Dublin November 22, 23 and The O2 in March 2014. INTERVIEW BY ED POWER