It's not often a band gets a second chance to start over.
For Steve Garrigan – Kodaline's softly spoken frontman – life at the centre of a high-flying rock group began when he and some friends from Swords decided to form 21 Demands.
Runners up on the fifth series of RTE's You're a Star, the well-received quartet went on to have a No 1 single in 2007. But something wasn't right.
"We didn't really know what we were doing," recalls Steve. "It was kind of just an excuse to play music. We played as that band for a while but then we were just, well, we were pretty s***."
Back then, they were just kids. But time has treated them well. New name, new direction – better songs. And there's a serious buzz about these lads.
Gary Barlow's a fan. One of their songs was featured on an episode of US medical drama Grey's Anatomy.
They've also started to crack the UK top 20. Yep, they're a long way from You're a Star. But that isn't to say that Steve (24) is embarrassed about where it all started.
"Not at all," he insists. "I mean, everybody's got things that, when you're 17, you kind of just do. It was a good introduction to music. If that didn't happen, we probably wouldn't be who we are."
"We all had dodgy jobs," adds Steve. "I dropped out of college, got dumped by girlfriends – lived a little. And then we started to write about it, because that's all we really know."
Steve would also play in wine bars around Dublin. "Just anywhere that would have me," he explains. That's all changed.
Critics will baulk at the group's heart-on-sleeve lyricism, but there's an audience for stadium-prepared, chart-friendly light rock.
Their single High Hopes recently went to No 1 in Ireland. With a debut album, the outcome for Steve and his buddies is promising.
In a Perfect World is released June 7. They play the Longitude Festival, Marlay Park on July 20