Kodaline, the Irish rock band formerly known as 21 Demands, has a history of swords and battles. Not steel stabbing weapons but a subsection of Dublin, Ireland called Swords, where founding members Steve Garrigan and Mark Prendergast grew up. And the battles were fought against other rock groups, or battle of the bands, where the group first gained recognition. Far from the old country and their days as unsigned musicians, Kodaline is now headed for The Wiltern on May 5th.
In 2012, under their new name, Kodaline released The Kodaline EP, featuring perhaps their biggest hit to date, “All I Want.” The folky tune, reminiscent of Mumford and Sons’ sad acoustics and sing-along chorus, is one of those tunes that you’ve heard somewhere down the line, whether you know it by name or not. It’s been featured on MTV’s Catfish, in The Fault in Our Stars, Grey’s Anatomy and Turner Classic Movies’ annual remembrance of film industry personnel who died in 2014. The music video, which features a lonely and emotional gargoyle man entrapped in an office romance, boasts over 12 million views on YouTube. It’s a poignant portrayal using a half-man-half-mythical-creature as a conduit for anyone who ever felt different (i.e. everyone).
Since 2012’s EP, Kodaline have serenaded heaps of fans at the famed Glastonbury Festival and released a full-length, In a Perfect World. The album features another mega-hit by the band, a sorrowful ballad called “High Hopes.” For this and “The One” (released on a separate EP), the band debuted accompanying music videos, which act out a narrative with characteristic tenderness. Seriously, be prepared to have your eyes gush like Niagara Falls.
And currently, the band is touring their latest studio album, Coming Up For Air, featuring “Honest,” which peaked at number seven on the music charts in Ireland. Making the necessary stop in Los Angeles, the music industry’s epicenter, Kodaline will be at The Wiltern on May 5th. Just make sure to bring some Kleenex for those inevitable tearjerkers.
Learn more about Kodaline here.
Buy tix for the May 5th show at The Wiltern here.