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Live Review: Kodaline


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The Mispers were definitely like no other band I have witnessed, yet perfectly fitting in within what's accepted within indie and alternative music.

Supporting Kodaline alongside Seafret on their UK tour, the quintet, led by Jack Balfour Scott and Joey Arnold Zapata, completely used and abused the stage, armed with a violin, a ripped t-shirt and some pretty questionable dancing. See them as the alternative Clean Bandit or Arcade Fire's secret love baby.

Meeting the guys before the show, they promised us "moisture" and damn did we get that.

Every second was composed with attitude and energy; a Class A drug on a stage with four shots of Tequila. The Mispers did not feel like a support act and the sold out audience did not care about not knowing the lyrics to all/some of the songs. It was a connection so rare with supports that I was so honoured to witness.

"Brother" and "Weekend" completely enraptured a tempestuous audience, wrapping us around their fingers and making us dance whether we liked it or not. Approving nods around me signalled that the Kodaline fans were appreciative of what was being served to us.

There was something secretly sexy about the performance. There was always movement erupting from all five of the band members, always eye contact and grins to each other with that love of playing live.

This was a ceremony, not a performance.

This Mispers left and made way for the lads of Kodaline to take to Birmingham’s stage for an evening of new and old music alike. Following the release of their second album, 'Coming Up For Air', Kodaline have taken to the road to showcase their inner tour talent.

The 'High Hopes' singers caused instant euphoria.

Opening with 'Ready', it was the kind of gig that instantly resolved university stress and made your lip stick to your gum from smiling so much.

You know a show is good when your cheeks hurt afterwards. 'Ready' slipped into the role of feel good classic. Though the night was far from “completely wild”, movement rippled in a constant stream of excitement.

The band dabbled between new and old songs and did what many a band on release of their second album cannot do. Kodaline were versatile and far more multi-dimensional than I expected, being able to stick to their folk-esque heritages whilst being able to encapsulate more commercial and pop forms.

Kodaline made us work for the encore and wouldn’t rejoin us until we were practically begging for them. We were wild. We were tempestuous; a storm within the venue.

We were graced with three songs: “Honest', the first single off their new album, a medley of 'Big Bad World', 'Talk' and 'Perfect World' and 'All I Want'.

'Honest' was honestly and aural-masterpiece, injecting electricity into every corner of Birmingham’s Institute before breaking down into the acoustic medley.

Closing on 'All I Want', the lads displayed every inch of talent they had, erupting in voluptuous chords followed by broken down choruses sang by the crowd. It was one of the best ten minutes of love music I have ever experienced.

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