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Ireland's Kodaline feels its grown, matured between albums

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Having a second album -- the just-released "Coming Up For Air" -- means a lot to Ireland's Kodaline as the group begins a new North American tour, starting Wednesday night, April 15, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.

"The last time we were in the States we really didn't have enough songs to play for more than an hour and a half," explains bassist Jason Boland. "When we'd get to the end of our sets it was pretty much all we had. Now we can pick and choose, and on the last tour (in Europe) it's been a lot of fun trying stuff out, bringing new songs in. It gives it new life for us, and for the crowds."

Boland, 27, says there was no "second album syndrome" (aka sophomore slump) for Kodaline as it set to work on Coming Up For Air during the early summer of 2014. Songwriting sessions yielded "about 40 or 50 songs and ideas" by the time the group convened in the studio with producer Jacknife Lee.

"It was really to see if we could get a relationship with him, something we might like to do in the future," Boland recalls. "At the end of the first four days we spent with him we had two tracks done, 'Honest' and 'The One,' which both seemed quite different to anything we did for the first record.

"Once we did that it really kicked us into gear. We felt like we could do better, lift our game in the studio a little bit. We really triggered something that made us want to get everything out and recorded as quickly as possible. It was a very natural process, very fun and exciting."

"Kodaline" wound up recording the bulk of the album with Steve Harris, who produced the group's 2013 debut "In a Perfect World." There was a bit of pressure, or certainly expectations, following that set, which debuted at No. 1 in its homeland and No. 3 in the U.K. and spawned a hit on both sides of the Atlantic with "All I Want" (as well as pre-album favorites "High Hopes" and "Give Me a Minute." "Coming Up For Air" was another Irish No. 1 after it came out there in February, and Boland and his bandmates are hoping more folks on this side of the pond will be paying attention this time around

"We're very ambitious guys," he says. "We can only hope we have become a better band. We definitely feel like we play together better. There's more of those moments where you don't have to look at each other anymore to know what the next chord's going to be. We're in such a good rhythm with each other after two years of touring. That's the best place the band can get.

"And on a personal level we've been having the best time in the world. It's hard to be in a bad mood when you're out seeing the world with your best friends. We've definitely grown up over the last couple of years, but we're still four lads from Dublin, working it out."


Wednesday, April 15. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit

Tickets are $27

Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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