Kodaline make music for people with broken hearts. So it is very likely that you will appreciate their music one day, when you find yourself with a bucket full of Ben & Jerry’s and a glass of red wine sitting on the couch searching for sad music that will help your heart heal. The band from Ireland – who are rumored to be the next Coldplay – returned to Berlin with their 2013 released Debut “In a Perfect World” to play the cancelled December shows.
At Lido it seemed as if this was almost a “girls only” concert, which might explain the ‘ahwwwwws’ that vowed the audience during the show. With a crispy clear sound the band and especially lead singer Steven Garrigan won them all over after the first sounds of “After The Fall” and “Pray”. It is pretty obvious that the boys are doing their jobs really well - they know how to handle a crowd and the girls are putty in their hands.
A song like “All I Want” might be a bit cheesy with its lyrics: “So you brought out the best of me, A part of me I'd never seen. You took my soul and wiped it clean. Our love was made for movie screens“ but it is secretly one of the songs you will turn up, when it’s playing on the radio and you drive around alone in your car. You can say what you want - Kodaline make pretty perfect pop music bands like Coldplay, The 1975 or The Boxer Rebellion are loved for.
I enjoyed seeing the band even if I somehow missed a bit of darkness and Rock’n’Roll I had hoped they would have in their live performance. Kodaline have great potential but it would do them good if they would stop drinking water during the shows and change for beer or whisky instead – even the boys from next door drink sometimes and are a bit more relaxed.
The best moment of last nights show was the additional acoustic performance the band played at the end of the set. With a cover of Sam Cookes classic “Bring It Home To Me“ and “Perfect World“ they showed some tamed roughness I had missed during the whole concert. One things is for sure: after last nights set it has been officially proven that Kodaline are the right band for cold weather, long nights in front of a fireplace and girls nights, when you discuss life with your best friend over a bottle of wine - and yes, if they do it right there might be a chance that they might become the next Coldplay - watch out Chris Martin!