Kodaline reinforcing positivity “In a Perfect World”
Last time Kodaline had the opportunity to play in Canada, it was at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto earlier this year, giving them a true feel for a Canadian-clad concert in support of The Airborne Toxic Event.
This time around, the Irish indie-rockers from Dublin were headlining the Virgin Mod Club, one of Toronto’s traditional style venues. Lead guitarist Mark Prendergast said that he’s really been digging the venues here when we chatted before the show on Oct. 20.
“The Danforth was an amazing venue, it’s nice to come and do shows for larger crowds,” said Prendergast. “Now it’s even nicer to come back to be doing our own show, and this venue is even better than the first.”Out in June with their newest album In a Perfect World – the first since changing their name to Kodaline – they were excited to bring the new material to Canada, since they only had a few songs ready back in Winter.
Previously known as “21 Demands,” the band decided in 2011 to change their name, which front man Steve Garrigan attributes to simply growing up and growing out of it.
“We made that band in high school, played some gigs and toured a little,” said Garrigan. “But I feel like back then, we didn’t have much to say because we hadn’t experienced enough. Now we’ve lived a little, learned a little, and have something to talk about.”
Well since changing the group to Kodaline, the band has seen international commercial success and has started in the last year touring all over the world, and have been enjoying playing the North American circuit. The huge crowd at the Mod Club was a perfect indication of their reach.Both Garrigan and Prendergast agreed that it was a natural transition, the evolution of the band came about organically and it wasn’t really intentional.
“We were just writing new songs in a slightly new style, had a new member, so it felt to start anew with a new name,” said Prendergast.
“It’s strange to have people singing your songs back to you,” said Garrigan. “We’re really happy with the album, it’s slowly been coming together over the last two years. Now that it’s out, we’re moving on to new songs.”
After the band released In a Perfect World in the UK earlier this year, they instantly received a gracious response, which was followed by about 30 festival appearances and invitations, they’ve gone as far as Japan.
Prendergast was shocked by the respect and etiquette displayed by the Japanese crowd. “They were so quiet, and clapped in unison after each song, and afterwards you could hear a pin drop.”
The band has the makings to continue to strive they way they have been. They’re dedicated to their music, and have a uniquely positive yet deeply serene sound to them that sets them apart from most indie acts out these days. They use a variety of random instruments due to the fact that Garrigan was raised in a home full of scattered instruments, so he just started picking them up and learning them.
The album itself is reflective of the attitude in general of the band, and more importantly, the lyrics reflect Garrigan’s zen personality.
“Life is life, and bad things happen, and you have to just learn to deal with it,” Garrigan said calmly. “I think it’s a very superficial world, and as I wrote in one line ‘you’re always trying to see yourself through the eyes of someone else’ and I think that’s the problem, we’re always looking for that outer validation.”
He finished by stating that one can waste a great amount of time worrying about things and not just moving forward and taking control of yourself and being yourself. That’s what the first single “One Day,” off the album is all about.
“Life is very short, so you might as well do it today. That’s just my opinion. We’re true believers in positive thinking”
Story by Devin Size, Photos by ftfphotography