I’ve been sitting at my computer for the past hour attempting to put into words just how great Kodaline’s gig was the other night. No matter how much I type, it never seems to give this Irish four-piece enough justice. But I guess no matter what I type it would look like garbage compared to how eloquently written their songs are. So I guess I’ll give it another go.
The band, comprised of Steve Garrigan, Vinny May, Jason Boland, and Mark Prendergast, hit the stage at The Starlite Room on Wednesday May 13th, and let me tell you it was everything I had expected it to be and then some. These boys brought out people from all walks of life. There were hipsters in the corner bobbing their heads acting too cool to be there, but were also secretly dying inside that they get to hear ‘High Hopes’ live in concert. A middle aged couple swayed in front of me, letting the music completely take over their night. And any Kodaline concert would not be complete without the token young beautiful fangirls hanging on every word from Steve Garrigan’s lips. You could tell that despite how different everyone in the room was, we all had a common love for this band.
One thing that caught me completely off guard was the calmness of the crowd. From the moment the lads took the stage, to the very last line of ‘All I Want’, you never felt a sense of urgency or panic among the audience. Everyone clearly had one thing on the agenda that night, and it was simple: enjoy the music that brought you here. I will give all the credit to the boys for the calmness though. They have such a cool and collected demeanour that made everyone else stay calm for the next 90 minutes too.
In my opinion, The Starlite Room was made for acts like Kodaline. It’s a fair sized venue, but I really think the best thing about it is the intimacy. For the next 90 minutes, the band was there for us, and we were there for them. It’s no wonder why we all were with the killer set list they laid out for us.
One thing I’ve noticed in bands is that some don’t complement each other. They play the notes they’re supposed to play and that’s it. But with Vinny, Mark, Jason, and Steve, it’s a whole new ball game. These boys are genuine pals. You could see them joke with each other on stage, poking fun at Steve’s harmonica really seemed to bring them another level of joy. You can also see how much heart and soul that each guy brings to the stage night after night. Vinny lays down the base for the rest of the guys with soulful playing on the drums, Jason on the bass and mark on guitar really pull in to create soul within the instruments, and Steve pulls it all together with his voice. They are a well-oiled machine, and the fans are the fuel that keeps them going. Okay, that was super corny, but I had to.
Regardless of how you hear them-whether it be live or through headphones- the lyrics and music still get across in the same way, pulling at your heartstrings time and time again. But for any Kodaline fan, seeing them live really does change how you listen to them from then on. You remember that they’re just normal guys doing what they love, while cranking out heartfelt song after heartfelt song. Keep a watchful eye on this band, because before you know it they’ll be belting out ‘All I Want’ in sold out arenas all across the globe.
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Review by Alex Hay | @alex_hayy