Steve Garrigan and Mark Prendergast grew up in Swords, Dublin, and have known each other since childhood. They both attended secondary school at Colaiste Choilm in Swords, where they would take part in many battles of the bands. They began to share a love for music and at that stage Vinny May, who also lived in Swords, joined the group. The group was not fully complete until January 2012, when their friend, bass player Jason Boland, from Celbridge, County Kildare, was recruited.
2005–11: 21 Demands
As 21 Demands, the band first came to attention in November 2007, when they participated in the fifth series of RTÉ talent show You're a Star; finishing as the series' runners-up. On 3 March 2007, 21 Demands released their own single called "Give Me a Minute" through digital7 downloads on the RTÉ website. They made chart history when the single topped the Irish Singles Chart, becoming the first independently released track to achieve this feat. 21 Demands also wrote "One of Those Days", which they played on the Irish YouTube channel Balcony TV.
2012–14: In a Perfect World
The quartet released their debut extended play—The Kodaline EP—on Friday 7 September 2012, produced by Philip Magee. "All I Want" was selected as BBC Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton's Record of the Week, featured in the season 9 episode of Grey's Anatomy, "Remember the Time", and was used in the background music for Google's 2012: Year in Review video. On 9 December 2012, the BBC announced that Kodaline had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll. On 17 June 2013, Kodaline released their first studio album, In a Perfect World.
In a Perfect World includes the singles "High Hopes", "All I Want", "Love Like This", and "Pray", as well as seven new songs. The iTunes deluxe edition of the album contains "The Answer", "Perfect World", "Lose Your Mind", and "Latch", with music videos for "All I Want" and "High Hopes". The CD deluxee dition, instead, contains a CD of live performances of "All I Want", "High Hopes", "Love Like This", "Pray", "All Comes Down", and "The Answer" at The Button Factory in Dublin. Their song "All I Want" was featured on the MTV show Catfish. "All I Want" was also in Season 5, episode 10 of The Vampire Diaries. "Perfect World" is currently used as the theme tune for the hit Channel 4 show Gogglebox.
In April 2014, the song "All I Want" was released as part of the soundtrack for The Fault in Our Stars, as well as used in the film. In July 2014, the songs "Pray" and "High Hopes" were featured in trailers for the films Horns and Love, Rosie, respectively.
2014–present: Coming Up for Air
In December 2014, the band announced their second LP Coming Up for Air, and released a song called "Honest" on YouTube. A few days later they also published the song "Unclear".
Lead singer Steve Garrigan appeared on episode 18 of The Midnight Hour.
- Studio albums
- Extended plays
- The Kodaline EP (2012) - All I Want, Lose Your Mind, Pray, Perfect World
- The High Hopes EP (2013) - High Hopes, The Answer, All My Friends
- Love Like This EP (2013) - Love like this, What is it, Midnight
- Brand New Day EP (2013)
- One Day EP (2014) - One day , Take Control
- iTunes Session (2015)
- Live and Ready EP (2015) - Recorded live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Steve Garrigan ;– vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, harmonica, mandolin (born 23 August 1988)
- Mark Prendergast – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals, acoustic guitar (born 16 January 1989)
- Vincent May – drums, percussion, vocals (born 11 February 1990)
- Jason Boland – bass guitar, vocals (born 31 August 1987)
- Conor Linnane – bass guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
Awards and nominations
|2012||MTV||Brand New for 2013||Nominated|
|BBC||Sound of 2013||Nominated|
|2013||EBBA||Public Choice Award||Won|