Kodaline / The Hoxton Bar + Kitchen
Appearing on both MTV and the BBC’s list for ‘one’s to look out for in 2013’, we thought it’d be an idea (as they were in the local area) to see if we agree with these Mystic Meg-like annual predictions.
To kick-start proceedings we were presented with a young prospect in Lewis Watson, recently heralded by Fearne Cotton on Radio 1 for his newly released single ‘Sink or Swim’. Watson swooned through a set compiling of his own acoustic workings, Bombay Bicycle Club’s ‘Lamplight’ and a vocal tone that slipped a tad too much (at times) into a certain red-headed self-proclaimed sofa jumper. But, at 20 years old, Watson seems more than capable of abolishing any means of comparison to his contemporaries.
From there on it was onto the Dublin quartet, who seem to have already built a target audience predominately made of women and middle-aged Irish geezers. On hearing the opening unexpected psychedelic-like number, it seemed the women were a little taken back from the emotive tear-jerking band they’d been accustomed to. But eventually, it was the female contingent that overpowered any male superiority, subsiding into a frenzied high-pitched belting screech-along to ‘All I want’.
This Irish four-piece seem to have a knack that the likes of Snow Patrol possess, a low-key emotive verse with a well thought out elative chorus. So, it's more than an understandable and worthy selection in the build-up to 2013.