Wednesday 17 January 2018

Sound of Ireland

John Meagher

John Meagher

Kodaline are the fourth Irish act to have been named in the BBC's Sound Of poll over the years. What has happened to the other three?


Nominated in the inaugural poll, the West Coast-loving Dubliners enjoyed four years of impressive album sales and sold out shows, before "difficult third album syndrome" hit. While their first two albums topped the Irish chart, Teenager could only limp to number 24. They subsequently parted ways with record company EMI and have been on hiatus since 2008.


Few could have predicted just how quickly the trio from Co Down (Alex Trimble, left) would make it to the big time. Debut album Tourist History sold well over a million copies – impressive indeed for an indie outfit with finely honed pop instincts – and follow-up Beacon hit number two in the UK album chart.


The Dublin quintet appeared the same year as Kodaline, but have received much warmer praise at the hands of the critics. Many were enthused by their single, The John Wayne, and their debut album, Absolute Zero – which was released last month – has been subject to ecstatic reviews. They also managed to get booked to play America's preeminent music festival – Coachella – before their album was even released.

Irish Independent

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