Where They’re From: Dublin, Ireland
Most Similar: Ed Sheeran on his acoustic days, Coldplay
Sounds Like: #SADFACE
No one is safe from Kodaline’s heartwrenching folk acoustic singles. Between the wooing falsetto on lead singer Steve Garrigan, coupled with the lilting, minimal acoustics, their folk is genetically engineered to make a grown man cry.
The foursome grew up together in the Irish town of Swords. As a band, they have a past life as reality star they’re not particularly proud of, having appeared on the Irish talent reality show You’re a Star with a chart-topping, uniquely terrible rock track “Give me a Minute.” But, they’ve grown up into the lovelorn men they were always meant to be, and their self-titled EP, new singles, and videos — my God the videos — are putting the band’s name on the map.
Kodaline’s single “All I Want,” their biggest success, appeared on Grey’s Anatomy and offered the appropriately tragic MV, featuring a seriously sad ugly duckling love story. Gah, I can’t watch!