GT meets Kodaline
We meet music's smoothest indie boys
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For those who don't already know, Kodaline are four Irish boys who have been shaking up the indie world with their smooth sounds. Formed back in 2005, their single Give Me A Minute became the first independently released song to hit the number one spot in Irish chart history. Since then they've been writing, gigging and harmonising - and are now ready for the big time.
We got to meet the boys in a quiet corner of Soho (if such a thing exists) for a special acoustic performance of songs from their current album, In a Perfect World.
Released at the start of summer, the album is their first. But no doubt it won't be their last, having been nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2013, and the single All I Want made Fearne Cotton's Record of the Week on its release.
The album mixes soulful harmonies with piano melodies, catchy beats and even the occasional harmonica interlude. It can be hard to believe voices on records are actually how they sound live, these days, but sitting just metres from lead singer Steve Garrigan, we can confirm his voice is as pure in the room as it is on the record.
In fact all we wanted after six renditions was, well, six more. Unfortunately their album only has five more songs, but they're all corkers.
After playing to 10,000 at Reading and Leeds last week, the band are now heading on an international tour. Which is lucky for their fans, because Kodaline are definitely one of those bands that sounds best live.
You can pick up their album, In a Perfect World, from here.
Words: Benjamin Butterworth