Kodaline are a genuinely lovely band, a supportive, music obsessed group of friends who like to let their songs do their talking. Indeed, the strength of the band’s relationship became central to an album full of sparkling sounds, huge choruses and waves of emotion. “We focussed in on the narratives that really meant something to us, and the melodies that carried those stories,” says Steve. “It kind of turned into an album about friends, family and relationships that have touched our lives, good or bad. It is the story of us, snapshots from our life, in a band of brothers.”
Last summer saw the band release ‘Brother’, a track that not only testifies to the groups closeness but also hinted at their new sound. “You only kind of put your arm around your friend and tell them you love them when something goes wrong, or when you're drunk,” says Mark. “The song is kind of saying it for no reason other than it needs to be said: I’ve got you, I’m here for you guys. That's kind of the essence of the song, and of the band.”
Recorded at The Vale, the new album sees Kodaline work with old collaborators (Johnny Mcdaid) alongside a variety of different writers and producers including pop guru Wayne Hector, Jonny Coffer (Beyonce, Emeli Sande, Naughty Boy, Two Inch Punch (Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Sam Smith) and Steve Mac who they worked with on their anthemic new single ‘Follow Your Fire’.